The Milwaukee Brewers have beaten out the Mets for Gio Gonzalez's services.
The biggest concern in the Mets' rotation is Jason Vargas, who has a 9.58 ERA. But according to the New York Post's Mike Puma, the Mets only viewed Gonzalez as a slight upgrade to Vargas and weren't prepared to offer the guaranteed dollars it would have taken to land him.
Mets general manager Brodie Van Wagenen told WFAN last week that the team is willing to give Vargas "the leash" to turn around his season. The Mets, however, made a run at Gonzalez and have reportedly been staying in touch with free agent Cy Young winner Dallas Keuchel.
Gonzalez went 10-11 last season with a 4.21 ERA for the Nationals and Brewers. He's a two-time All-Star who began his career with the A's in 2008. His best season came in 2012 with Washington, when he went 21-8 with a 2.89 ERA.
In three starts for the Scranton/Wilkes-Barre RailRiders, the Yankees' Triple-A affiliate, Gonzalez was 2-1 with a 6.00 ERA.