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Jason Vargas | Starting Pitcher

Team: Kansas City Royals
Age / DOB:  (31) / 2/2/1983
Ht / Wt:  6'0' / 215
Bats / Throws: Left / Left
Contract: view contract details

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Jason Vargas spun seven scoreless frames in 5-0 win over the Twins on Friday night.
Vargas scattered seven hits (all singles) in the victory while walking just one batter and fanning four. The 31-year-old left-hander has been excellent so far this season, going at least seven innings in all four of his starts while allowing two runs or fewer in all of them. We don't expect the 1.24 ERA to last, but the Royals have to be thrilled with the early returns on their offseason investment. Apr 19 - 12:59 AM

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Jason Vargas allowed two runs over seven innings but took a no-decision against the Twins on Sunday.

Vargas held the Twins scoreless through six innings before allowing two in his seventh and final inning of work. He finished with five hits allowed and three walks while striking out four. The southpaw has a microscopic 1.64 ERA and 0.86 WHIP through three starts, and he'll face the Twins in a rematch next weekend.
Apr 13 - 5:11 PM

Jason Vargas took a shutout into the ninth before giving up a solo homer Monday in the Royals' 4-2 win over the Rays.

Vargas was pulled immediately after Ben Zobrist's homer, so his line had him allowing one run in eight-plus innings. Had he managed to finish up, it would have been his sixth career shutout. Still, earning his first win as a Royal was a nice consolation prize.
Apr 7 - 11:24 PM

Jason Vargas took a tough-luck no-decision Wednesday, holding the Tigers to one run over seven innings in an extra-innings loss.

Vargas yielded just five hits, walked one and struck out six. He was in control other than a leadoff home run by Ian Kinsler in the fourth. Signed to a $32 million contract over the offseason, Vargas should be a solid rotation stabilizer for the Royals but doesn't have much upside for fantasy purposes. He'll face the Rays next.
Apr 2 - 4:39 PM

Jason Vargas allowed three runs in three innings in Friday's 5-4 win over the Brewers.

Vargas went two scoreless to start the game before Ryan Braun launched a three-run homer on a third inning changeup. On the night, Vargas allowed two hits and two walks, striking out one. The start was just one final tune-up for the southpaw, who will make his first start as a member of the Royals next week.
Mar 28 - 11:45 PM

Jason Vargas allowed one run over seven innings against the Rangers on Saturday.

Vargas scattered eight hits and a walk over his seven innings, throwing 96 pitches. The left-hander also struck out five. In 21 spring innings, Vargas now owns a 2.14 ERA. He'll slot in nicely near the top of the Royals' rotation this season but remains a low-end fantasy option.
Mar 22 - 7:21 PM

Jason Vargas had a rough outing against the Padres on Sunday, allowing three runs on four hits in his five innings.

Vargas did manage to strike out four on the afternoon while walking one. The veteran southpaw has been relatively solid this spring, posting a 2.57 ERA and 8/2 K/BB ratio in 14 innings.
Mar 16 - 11:15 PM

Jason Vargas allowed one run over four innings in his start against the Dodgers on Tuesday.

Vargas finally allowed his first run in Cactus League play. The lefty gave up four hits and a walk and struck out two. Vargas isn't anything special in fantasy baseball, but he should eat up plenty of innings for the Royals in the middle of their starting rotation.
Mar 11 - 5:26 PM

Jason Vargas tossed three scoreless innings during Thursday's 6-6 tie with the White Sox.

Vargas has looked sharp to start the Cactus League with his new team. He has limited value in mixed leagues since he is average in so many ways, but he should be solid enough for the Royals in the middle of the rotation.
Mar 6 - 6:38 PM

Jason Vargas threw two scoreless innings against the Padres in his spring debut Saturday.

The Royals' $32 million man didn't disappoint in his first showing, allowing just one hit while striking out one. The southpaw had a 4.02 ERA in 150 innings with the Angels last season and should be solid if unspectacular again this year.
Mar 1 - 5:38 PM

Royals signed LHP Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract.

FOX Sports' Ken Rosenthal passed along the financial details. While it is very surprising that the Royals were willing to give him a four-year deal, an AAV (average annual value) of $8 million was right around what we were expecting when free agency began. Vargas is coming off a 4.02 ERA and 109/46 K/BB ratio over 150 innings this year with the Angels. His fantasy value shouldn't change all that much with the move to Kansas City.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 04:10:00 PM

Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports reports that the Royals have signed left-hander Jason Vargas.

If this is the "major baseball-related announcement" the Royals had in store this afternoon, well, their fans are probably going to be underwhelmed. To be fair, Vargas has a solid 3.97 ERA over the past four seasons and should continue to be a fine back-end starter within the confines of Kauffman Stadium. But he's far from a difference-maker. We're still awaiting word on the exact terms of the deal, but Vargas was known to be seeking a three-year contract.
Thu, Nov 21, 2013 04:01:00 PM

The Angels hope to retain free agent starter Jason Vargas, but they won't him a three-year contract.

They also won't exceed an average annual value of $10 million for the 30-year-old left-hander, according to's Alden Gonzalez. "We obviously have interest in having Jason back," Angels general manager Jerry Dipoto said. "This is the process and it's playing itself out, and we'll honor that. Obviously Jason earned the right to see what was out there in free agency. We'll maintain a rhetoric with him and do have interest in him returning. I think it's a mutual interest." The Angels declined to tender Vargas a qualifying offer out of fear that he'd accept the one-year, $14.1 million pact. The southpaw posted a 4.02 ERA and 1.39 WHIP this season.
Tue, Nov 5, 2013 02:30:00 PM

Jason Vargas did not receive a qualifying offer.

The southpaw posted a 4.02 ERA and 1.39 WHIP this past season while missing nearly two months of action due to surgery to remove a blood clot in his left armpit. Los Angeles is still interested in working out a multi-year deal with the impending free agent, so Vargas might return anyway. Vargas has also expressed interest in returning to the pitching-needy Angels.
Mon, Nov 4, 2013 05:21:00 PM

The Angels are not expected to make Jason Vargas a qualifying offer.

They are interested in doing a multi-year deal with the impending free agent, though, and Vargas has expressed interest in returning. The left-hander posted a 4.02 ERA and 1.39 WHIP this season while missing nearly two months of action after having surgery to remove a blood clot in his left armpit.
Thu, Oct 31, 2013 08:26:00 PM

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