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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher | #40

Team: New York Mets
Age / DOB:  (35) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0" / 210
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
College: Long Beach State
Drafted: 2004 / Rd. 2 (0) / MIA
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Vargas will undergo surgery on Tuesday to repair the non-displaced fracture in his right hand.
He suffered the injury when he was hit by a comebacker on Friday. He'll be able to resume throwing five days after his surgery, so even if he misses his first turn through the rotation, he won't be sidelined for long. Mar 18 - 7:37 PM

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A CT scan revealed that Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, and he'll see a hand specialist on Sunday.

"He’ll either pitch through it or he’ll have it surgically repaired," General Manager Sandy Alderson said. Vargas suffered the injury on his right hand after a comebacker hit him in a minor league game on Friday. X-rays came back negative, but the Mets did further testing and found the fractured hamate. The good news is that because it's on his glove hand it won't effect him throwing the baseball, but it still could sideline the 35-year-old to begin the 2018 season. We should know more after the visit with the specialist.
Mar 18 - 9:32 AM

Jason Vargas had x-rays come back negative on his hand after being hit during a minor league game.

Vargas is considered day-to-day, and it sounds like he'll be just fine by Opening Day. He should be a stable force in the back of the New York rotation, but unless he's piling up the wins, he won't be a fantasy target for 2018.
Mar 16 - 4:52 PM

Jason Vargas is undergoing x-rays on his right hand after being hit by a comebacker in his start.

Vargas signed with the Mets in February, and is a presumed lock for the rotation assuming he's in good health. We'll have more on the results of the x-rays and severity of the injury when the Mets update his status.
Mar 16 - 4:09 PM

Jason Vargas yielded two runs and four hits in 2 2/3 innings Tuesday against the Astros.

It could have been worse, but Vargas was able to record two pickoffs. He's given up three runs in 4 2/3 innings this spring.
Mar 6 - 4:35 PM

Mets signed LHP Jason Vargas to a two-year, $16 million contract with a club option for 2020.

The deal was reported on Friday and is now official after Vargas passed a physical. The veteran left-hander held a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts last season but faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. The Mets hope he can offer some stability at the back-end of their rotation.
Feb 18 - 11:26 AM

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Mets and Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a contract.

The deal, which is pending a physical, is for two years and $16 million and contains a club option for 2020, according to ESPN's Jerry Crasnick. Vargas, 35, made his first All-Star team last season after posting a 2.62 ERA over 17 first-half starts, but he faded badly in the second half with a 6.38 ERA over his final 15 outings. Still, the depth is useful given all of the health questions in the Mets' rotation. He'll presumably serve as the team's fifth starter this season.
Feb 16 - 10:45 AM

According to Mike Puma of the New York Post, the Mets "still have solid interest" in free agent starter Jason Vargas.

Vargas has drawn very little attention on the open market this winter after struggling for much of the second half of the 2017 season. He still finished 18-11, with a 4.16 ERA, 1.33 WHIP, and 134/58 K/BB ratio in 179 2/3 total innings. The 35-year-old left-hander can probably be had on the cheap and would make a for a fine innings eater on most clubs. Now that the Yu Darvish domino has fallen, maybe things will pick up for these lower-tier starting pitchers.
Feb 15 - 10:32 AM

Jason Vargas was shelled on Sunday, giving up six runs in four innings in a loss to the Diamondbacks.

Vargas allowed six hits, and walked four while striking out four. It's a disappointing end to the season for the left-hander, but all things considered, this was a successful year. He won 18 games, and while that's not necessarily indicative of success, it does illustrate how good of a job he does in keeping teams in games and ability to get quality innings. He's a better real life pitcher than fantasy option, though, and shouldn't be a high pick in 2018 drafts.
Sun, Oct 1, 2017 07:12:00 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered one run in six innings to beat the Tigers for his 18th win on Tuesday.

The Royals were eliminated despite winning, so we're not sure if we'll see Vargas again this weekend. 18 wins beats his previous career high by four, and he pulled his ERA back under 4.00 to 3.94 with the strong showing tonight. He still has a 6.29 ERA since the beginning of July.
Tue, Sep 26, 2017 11:46:00 PM

Jason Vargas hurled 6 1/3 scoreless innings as the Royals shut out the Blue Jays 1-0 on Thursday.

Vargas gave up a pair of singles and walked three but didn't allow any damage, the first time in the season's second half that he's exited a start without allowing a run. That was good for his 17th win of the year, and his third in a row. The southpaw is 17-10 with a 4.03 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 30 starts this year. He'll try keep rolling Tuesday against the struggling Tigers.
Thu, Sep 21, 2017 11:07:00 PM

Jason Vargas yielded three runs over five-plus innings in Friday’s 4-3 win over the Indians.

Vargas might be the answer to a trivia question someday after playing a part in ending the Indians’ 22-game winning streak. The southpaw allowed five hits — including a two-run homer to Jose Ramirez in the third inning — and three walks while fanning four batters. He was pulled after walking a batter to begin the sixth. The southpaw has now won back-to-back starts since losing six out of seven starts. He has regressed significantly in the past and still makes for a shaky fantasy option.
Fri, Sep 15, 2017 10:39:00 PM

Jason Vargas bounced back from his rough start on Tuesday and picked up his 15th win of the year against Minnesota on Sunday.

Vargas went five innings, allowed four hits, gave up one run and struck out three. He's never going to pile up the strikeouts, but Vargas keeps Kansas City in games by limiting the self-inflicted damage. He'll get a chance to pick up win No.16 on Friday against Cleveland.
Sun, Sep 10, 2017 06:06:00 PM

Jason Vargas was lit up for seven runs in two innings by the Tigers on Tuesday.

That's the Tigers without J.D. Martinez, Justin Upton, Miguel Cabrera or Victor Martinez. James McCann was batting cleanup. Ian Kinsler was the only guy in the lineup with a career OPS over .750. Did you know that Vargas was an All-Star two months ago? He has a 4.23 ERA now. He's given up 47 earned runs in 52 innings since the beginning of July.
Tue, Sep 5, 2017 10:47:00 PM

Jason Vargas surrendered five runs in six innings and was charged with a loss to the Rays on Wednesday.

He couldn't keep the ball in the yard, serving up solo homers to Adeiny Hechavarria, Steven Souza Jr. and Logan Morrison in the contest. He recorded just one strikeout against one walk and seven base hits. Vargas thrived most of the season but has been in a bit of a rut in recent weeks. He falls to 14-9 with a 3.87 ERA in 26 starts. His owners will hope for improved results in his upcoming two-start week versus the Tigers and Twins.
Wed, Aug 30, 2017 11:27:00 PM

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