Mets sign Jason Vargas, source confirms

MLB rumors: Mets - Jason Vargas on their radar

- The Mets added a much-needed insurance policy to their rotation Friday, agreeing to terms with lefthander Jason Vargas, pending a physical, multiple sources confirmed.

In signing Jay Bruce, Anthony Swarzak, Adrian Gonzalez, Jose Reyes and Todd Frazier this offseason, the Mets have addressed their lineup and bullpen, but not the rotation. He had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and missed most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Vargas would give the Mets another accomplished starter, this one a soft-tossing lefty to go with all their power arms.

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Vargas joins a Mets rotation that was once feared, but has been beset by injury for the past two seasons. And there are concerns whether Matt Harvey, Steven Matz and Zack Wheeler, in particular, will hold up, because all three have spent extensive time on the disabled list in recent seasons.

The Royals did not extend a qualifying offer to Vargas after the 2017 season so they will not receive any compensation for Vargas signing with the Mets. He surpassed 192 innings each year from 2010-12 and threw 187 in 2014. He was selected to his first All-Star team last season, after posting a 2.62 ERA in the first half. He made two spot starts for the club that July, then was traded in the offseason to the Mariners in a three-team trade highlighted by J.J. His ERA rose to 4.23 when he lost his fourth in a row on September 5, but then he won four of his final five outings. The contract also includes a $250,000 assignment bonus if he's traded.

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