One Man Gathers What Another Man Spills

Just as quickly as Brew Crew Nation wished Claudio Vargas were there to pick up the broken pieces of their hearts, the New York Mets swooped him up and called him their own. Kind of.

The two sides agreed to a minor league deal Thursday, giving the Mets some depth for their injury-plagued, and rather elderly rotation.

After going 11-6 with a 5.09 ERA over 23 starts last season for the Milwaukee Brewers, Vargas was released late this spring, which came as a bit of a surprise.

The 29-year-old righty will have to wait for an opportunity, however, as the club has already filled their gaps with top prospect Mike Pelfrey and journeyman Nelson Figueroa, who is set to start Friday night against the Brewers.

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