Mets: Analyzing starters who could be potential targets in free agency

By Emmanuel Pepis
CHICAGO, IL - SEPTEMBER 17: Lance Lynn /
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TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 21: Jason Vargas
TORONTO, ON – SEPTEMBER 21: Jason Vargas /

Jason Vargas-Kansas City Royals

Jason Vargas has pitched himself to a potentially higher payday this winter. The southpaw journeyman has posted 18 wins for the Kansas City Royals and could max out his dollar value for whichever team signs him in the off-season.

The Mets had Vargas once upon a time, but he only made two starts and posted a 12.19 ERA. Since then, Vargas has been exclusively in the American League. He spent four seasons in Seattle, one in Anaheim, and is about to wrap his fourth season with the Royals.

Vargas set a silly pace in the first half of the season. He went 12-3 with a 2.62 ERA and a WHIP of 1.14. The second half of the season has been a different story for the 34-year old. Vargas has posted a 5.97 ERA and a 1.54 WHIP. He also allowed three more homers in 37 fewer innings in the second half.

Vargas was one of the first time all-stars in ’17. That stretch was the best Vargas had to offer over an extended stretch, but he can give longevity. Vargas is averaging 6.2 innings per start over his career and that goes right to what Alderson is searching for.