Monday's baseball: Phillies, Brewers deal for pitching help

Associated Press
The Phillies qcquired left-hander Jason Vargas from the New York Mets on Monday for Double-A catcher Austin Bossart.

The Phillies bolstered their beleaguered rotation.

Left-hander Jason Vargas was acquired from the New York Mets on Monday for Double-A catcher Austin Bossart.

Vargas, 36, is 6-5 with a 4.01 ERA, winning his last three starts. He became expendable when the Mets acquired right-hander Marcus Stroman from Toronto on Sunday night for a pair of pitching prospects.

“Jason Vargas is battle-tested and has been relatively effective for the better part of a decade now,” Phillies general manager Matt Klentak said. “He gives his team a chance to win the game every time he takes the ball. I like the fact it’s a different look. He’s a soft-tossing lefty. We have a lot of hard-throwing righties. He’s a good complement to our pitching staff.”

Meantime, Jordan Lyles is heading back to the Brewers, who are desperate for starting pitching as they try to repeat as NL Central champions.

The Brewers acquired the right-hander from the Pirates for pitching prospect Cody Ponce, giving them a familiar name in their injury-depleted rotation. Lyles has struggled since the end of May.

“I’m definitely looking forward to a change,” Lyles said. “This last month hasn’t gone in my favor. I’ve pitched poorly. We got off to a really good start, hot start, and kind of faced after some injuries here and there.”

Lyles worked out of the bullpen for Milwaukee last fall, going 1-0 with a 3.31 ERA in 11 appearances while helping the club win the NL Central title. Lyles translated his success with Milwaukee into a one-year contract with the Pirates and earned a spot in the starting rotation out of spring training.

Tulo explains retiring

Troy Tulowitzki was frustrated his body kept letting him down.

“There came a point in time this year after I strained my calf that it just wasn’t as enjoyable as it once was because I couldn’t do some of the things work wise that I had had done before,” the shortstop said Monday during a conference call to explain his decision to retire at age 34. “I started thinking to myself: I have a son, who’s obviously 5 years old, and I want to be a part of what’s going on in his life and be there for him as a father. And everything just started lining up and decided to make a decision.”

A five-time All-Star with the Colorado Rockies who was limited to just five big league games since July 2017, Tulowitzki announced his retirement last Thursday.

He finished with a .290 average, 225 homers and 780 RBIs in 13 seasons with Colorado (2006-15), Toronto (2015-17) and the Yankees.

He agreed to become a volunteer coach with the Texas Longhorns baseball team.

Around the horn

The Dodgers traded left-hander Zac Rosscup to the Cardinals for cash. The Dodgers also put Enrique Hernández on the injured list because of a sprained left hand.

Rosscup is headed to his fourth team this season. He finished last season with Los Angeles, but was designated for assignment in November.

Rossup signed with Seattle, but was designated for assignment May 17.