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Jason Matthew Vargas

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Jason Vargas was drafted by the Florida Marlins in the 2nd round of the 2004 amateur draft. He was signed by scout Robby Corsaro and made his pro debut that summer.

Vargas big break came when the New York Mets sent him to the Seattle Mariners following the 2008 season. Up to that point, he had gone 6-8, 5.81 in 31 games between the Marlins and the Mets over three seasons. He had spent all of 2008 in the minor leagues, and his career appeared headed nowhere. He did not do much better in his first season with Seattle in 2009, going 3-6, 4.91 as a swingman, but starting in 2010, he became one of the M's top starters, improving every season. In 2010, he was 9-12, 3.78 in 31 starts, pitching 192 2/3 innings, then in 2011 gave the Mariners 201 innings, with a record of 10-13, 4.25 and 3 shutouts. In 2012, he began to push his way among the elite starters in the American League, winning the circuit's Pitcher of the Month honors in July when he was 5-0, 1.64 in 6 starts. He finished the year at 14-11, 3.85 in 33 games, pitching a career-high 217 1/3 innings and recording 141 strikeouts.

On December 19, 2012, Vargas was traded to the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim for 1B Kendrys Morales. After a mediocre start to his 2013 season, he was voted the American League's Pitcher of the Month for May, when he went 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA and a shutout. However, he made only 24 starts, going 9-8, 4.02, losing time to a blood clot that required surgery. His ERA was 3.65 when he went on the disabled list on June 18th. He pitched well in 4 August starts after his return, but was only 1-3, 5.55 in September, leading to his disappointing final record. He became a free agent after the season and on November 21st signed a four-year deal with the Kansas City Royals for $32 million.

Vargas underwent Tommy John surgery in August 2015 after making only 9 starts that season. He thus missed the Royals' run to a World Series title. He had been a big part of the World Series team in 2014, though, when he went 11-10, 3.71 in 30 starts. He pitched 187 innings that season and started three times in the postseason, winning once, over the Baltimore Orioles in the ALCS, to finish with a 3.52 ERA in 15 1/3 innings. He started Game 4 of the World Series against the San Francisco Giants on October 25th but ended up with a no-decision after giving up 3 runs in 4 innings. In 2015, he was 5-2, 3.98 before needing the surgery.

Vargas returned to action on September 17, 2016 after missing over a year of action. He pitched three innings in a start against the Chicago White Sox in his return to the big leagues.

[edit] Notable Achievements

  • 200 Innings Pitched Seasons: 2 (2011 & 2012)

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