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Jason Vargas signs 2-year deal with Mets pending physical
March 22 2018, 05:58 | Van Peters
Jason Vargas reportedly agrees to two-year contract with Mets
Kansas City signed him to a four-year deal worth $32 million in 2014 and he did a serviceable job in the rotation despite missing most of 2016. Vargas, who had a 4.16 ERA, was the first Royals pitcher to win 18 games since Kevin Appier in 1993.
This will be his second stint with the Mets, as he briefly played for the team in 2007 after being traded to NY from Miami.
Vargas is 85-81 with a 4.17 ERA in 12 big league seasons with the Marlins, Mets, Mariners, Angels and Royals.
Vargas pitched for the Mets in 2007 and he will now rejoin them 11 years later.
Having just turned 35 on February 2, Vargas hasn't seen many suitors come around this winter despite coming off the best season of his career. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain signed a five-year, $80 million contract last month with the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Mets also took some flyers on a couple of infield veterans, one - Jose Reyes - who should only serve as a backup, and another - Adrian Gonzalez - who is slated to be the starter at first base if Dominic Smith continues to struggle with the bat. The Mets rotation now includes Noah Syndergaard, Jacob deGrom, Matt Harvey, Steven Matz, and Zack Wheeler, with Robert Gsellman and Seth Lugo also fighting for spots.
Jason Vargas was never a flashy pitcher during his time in Kansas City, but he had a productive career as a member of the Royals.
To add some more offense and power to this lineup, Alderson and co. then went out and got Jay Bruce on a three-year deal. The contract also includes a $250,000 assignment bonus if he's traded.