Mets sign Jason Vargas, source confirms

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According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the New York Mets and left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas have agreed to terms on a two-year deal worth $16 million, pending a physical. His first half was what made him one of the more talked about pitchers last season, but that poor second half coupled in with him being 35 years old is likely what resulted in teams being a bit skeptical of signing Vargy to a large contract.

Vargas has pitched with the Florida Marlins, Mets, Seattle Mariners, Los Angeles Angels, and Royals.

The New York Mets' starting rotation is incredibly young, and while the front end is manned by two incredibly talented pitchers in Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom, the rest of the rotation is much more of an enigma than the Mets are comfortable with. Pitching to the tune of a 2.62 ERA in the first half of the season, Vargas was selected an an all-star.

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Vargas, who turned 35 on February 2, will likely compete with Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler for the three spots alongside aces Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom in the rotation. With Vargas, the Mets now have some added depth. He did not pitch in the playoffs that year, but went 1-0 with a 3.52 ERA over three postseason starts for Kansas City in 2014.

Vargas is the second Royals player from the 2014-15 teams to leave Kansas City this winter.

Vargas, who made two appearances for the Mets back in 2007, is 85-81 with a 4.17 ERA in 248 career appearances, including 228 starts, and has averaged just 2.7 walks per nine innings. With Vargas on board, the Mets will have at least six starters - if all are healthy - and Wheeler could be squeezed to the bullpen. The contract also includes a $250,000 assignment bonus if he's traded.

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