Mets Reach Agreement On 2-Year Deal With Lefty Vargas

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Vargas, traded by the Mets to Seattle in December 2008, could be in camp with NY by Monday.

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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.

This is a pretty big coup for a team looking to surprise the masses.

Having just turned 35 on February 2, Vargas hasn't seen many suitors come around this winter despite coming off the best season of his career.

That changed last season with the Kansas City Royals.

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Vargas, who turned 35 this month, figures to be part of the Mets' rotation this season. If all are healthy, it's not a bad starting unit for a NY squad that has improved leaps and bounds this winter. Before the break, he was 12-3 with a 2.62 ERA. He gave up one run on two hits in 5 1/3 innings.

In his 12 seasons with the Royals, Mets, Marlins, Mariners and Angels, Vargas has a 85-81 record with a 4.17 ERA.

During the 2015 season, Vargas suffered an elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery, and he missed the postseason. With Vargas on board, the Mets will have at least six starters - if all are healthy - and Wheeler could be squeezed to the bullpen. In his four seasons with the Royals, Vargas was 34-23 with a 3.88 ERA in 74 starts.

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

Coming off a 70-92 season that followed consecutive playoff appearances, NY also signed reliever Anthony Swarzak to a $14 million, two-year contract in December.