Jason Vargas signs 2-year deal with Mets pending physical

Kansas City Royals

Kansas City Royals

The deal is pending a physical, a person familiar with the agreement said, speaking on condition of anonymity because it had not been announced. Heyman also indicated it is a two-year deal worth $16 million plus incentives.

That kind of style is a significant change of pace for a Mets rotation that is built on hard-throwing arms with fireballers like Noah Syndergaard and Jacob deGrom. Center fielder Lorenzo Cain signed a five-year, $80 million contract last month with the Milwaukee Brewers.

All told, the Mets have guaranteed a little more than $88 million to free agents this offseason, after ownership was criticized by fans early on for being stingy. After the 2006 season, Vargas along with pitcher Adam Bostick, were traded to the New York Mets. For the Royals, they lose a reliable pitcher who was a big part of their rotation. 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. He pitched two games for them back in 2007.

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 is the second Royals player from the 2014-15 teams to leave the team this winter.

The Mets also have Seth Lugo, who has been pitching through a partially torn ulnar collateral ligament. He had Tommy John surgery in 2015 and missed most of the 2015 and 2016 seasons.

Before getting injured, Vargas was 5-2 with a 3.98 ERA in nine starts for the 2015 Royals team that beat the Mets in the World Series.

In his 12 seasons with the Royals, Mets, Marlins, Mariners and Angels, Vargas has a 85-81 record with a 4.17 ERA. Vargas had pretty much been an unassuming pitcher throughout the first 12 years of his career, acting as a middle of the rotation type guy.

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