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Postby moose32 » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:09 pm

The Mets have traded Double-A RHP Matt Lindstrom and Triple-A RHP Henry Owens to the Marlins for LHP Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick.

I like adding Vargas but Owens was a solid bullpen arm
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Postby Amazinz » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:16 pm

Deal looks OK to me. Lindstrom and Owens are both older and the Mets got two LHP. Owens is enticing but he's a converted catcher and although he brings it, it's a gamble whether or not he'll be able to be consistent. I think Vargas has the opportunity to be very good and maybe the Horse Whisperer can bring that out of him.
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Postby pokerplaya » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:26 pm

Doh. Was hoping this would be Dontrelle. :-b
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Postby killiansjmd » Mon Nov 20, 2006 7:58 pm

Seems like it could be a good deal for us as we landed two 23 year old pitchers for two older right handed pitchers.
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Postby j24jags » Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:18 pm

Yea. I like it as well.
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Postby DK » Mon Nov 20, 2006 9:56 pm

Only problem I see with this was that even though Henry Owens was 26 he was a dominating force in the minors. Didn't he have like a 17 K/9 ratio in AA?

Something crazy like that.
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Postby Snakes Gould » Mon Nov 20, 2006 10:41 pm

vargas was highly touted at one point...nice acquistion..
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Postby wrveres » Tue Nov 21, 2006 4:14 am

Is Vargas in the pen in 2007 or in AAA? ...
Florida seemed to give up on him a tad early this year.
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Postby Amazinz » Tue Nov 21, 2006 9:19 pm

Not sure. My guess is it'll depend on spring training.
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Postby bigh0rt » Wed Nov 22, 2006 7:10 pm

www.mets.com wrote:NEW YORK -- The Mets got what they wanted Monday -- a left-handed starting pitcher from the Marlins. And it didn't cost them Aaron Heilman or Lastings Milledge.
Instead, they traded right-handed pitchers Henry Owens and Matt Lindstrom. And instead of Dontrelle Willis, they acquired Jason Vargas and Adam Bostick, both 23 years old, both left-handed, neither the caliber of starting pitcher they need.

"We think Vargas and Bostick are two promising left-handed pitchers, and we're happy to have them in the organization," Mets general manager Omar Minaya said Monday just before he announced that the club had decided not to exercise its option on the contract of Tom Glavine.

Minaya said the two new pitchers add to the Mets' depth, but he said nothing of filling the voids left in the rotation caused by the injury to Pedro Martinez, the departure of free agent Steve Trachsel and the possible defection -- to the Braves -- of Glavine.

Vargas, who began the 2006 season in the Marlins' rotation, had a 6-7 record and 5.25 ERA in two seasons, 29 appearances -- 18 starts -- with Florida. He produced a 1-1 record and 5.70 ERA in five starts in 2006, allowing 24 hits and 20 walks, while striking out 14 in 24 2/3 innings. As a reliever, his numbers were 0-1 with a 9.31 ERA, 26 hits, 10 walks and 11 strikeouts in 19 1/3 innings.

He also started 13 games at Triple-A Albuquerque in 2006, producing a 3-6 record and a 7.43 ERA. He has appeared in four games and has not allowed a run in 6 1/3 innings, with two walks and five strikeouts in the Dominican Winter League.

Bostick split the 2006 season with Double-A Carolina and Albuquerque. In Carolina, he pitched 115 innings, allowing 100 hits, 67 walks and striking out 109. His ERA was 3.52. With Albuquerque, he allowed 39 hits, 13 walks and compiled 30 strikeouts. His ERA was 4.67.

Owens, 26, made four appearances with the Mets in 2006 after an impressive Spring Training and effective work at Double-A Binghamton. He was named to Team USA's 24-man roster that won the Gold Medal in the 2006 Olympic Qualifying Tournament in Havana, Cuba.

Lindstrom, also 26, started the year with the Class A St. Lucie Mets of the Florida State League before being promoted to Binghamton, where he spent the majority of the year.

Owens and Lindstrom were traded less than a week after the Mets moved two other older relievers, Heath Bell and Royce Ring, in a deal with the Padres that imported reliever Jon Adkins and outfielder Ben Johnson.

The Mets also claimed right-handed relief pitcher Jason Standridge from the Reds on Monday. Standridge, who had a 1-1 record and 4.82 ERA in 21 games with the Reds in 2006, was assigned to the 40-man roster and invited to Spring Training.

A first-round pick of the Devil Rays in the 1997 First-Year Player Draft, he began the 2006 season with Triple-A Louisville. His contract was purchased on June 19, and he was assigned on the disabled list on Aug. 7 because of back spasms. He rejoined the Reds in September.

Standridge had appeared in 21 games with the Rays from 2001-2004, and in two games with the Rangers in 2005.

Overall, he has a 3-4 record and a 5.64 ERA in 76 big-league appearances, including nine starts. In 119 2/3 innings, Standridge has allowed 140 hits and 69 walks, while striking out 74.
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