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Former Mariners Starter Vargas Gets 4-Year, $32M Deal With Royals

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Jason Vargas in 2012 as a Mariner (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

Jason Vargas in 2012 as a Mariner (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)

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(1090 The Fan) – The Kansas City Royals have signed left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas to a four-year, $32 million contract.

The former Mariners starter is coming off a season in which he held 4.02 ERA, 109 strikeouts and a 9-8 record with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim.

Vargas, who turns 31 in February, spent four seasons in Seattle hovering around the 4.00 ERA mark. Vargas was acquired from the Mets ahead of the 2009 season as part of a three-team deal between the Mariners, Mets and Cleveland Indians. After the 2012 season, Vargas was traded from Seattle to Los Angeles for first baseman and designated hitter Kendrys Morales.

In the past five years, Vargas has averaged roughly 27 starts and 171 innings per season.

James Shield and Jeremy Guthrie head the Royals’ current rotation — starters Ervin Santana and Bruce Chen are both free agents.

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