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November 22, 2013

Transaction Analysis

Viva Las Vargas

by R.J. Anderson



KANSAS CITY ROYALS
Team Audit | Player Cards | Depth Chart

Signed LHP Jason Vargas to a four-year deal worth $32 million. [11/21]

Last season, Luis Mendoza and Wade Davis tallied 204 innings, averaged 1.8 strikeouts per walk, and compiled a 5.40 ERA for the Royals despite pitching in front of the league's sixth-best park-adjusted defense. American League starters as a whole posted a 4.15 ERA, meaning the Royals' duo littered 200 innings of replacement-level work over 39 starts. Dayton Moore probably needed another starter if he re-signed Ervin Santana, and the need intensified without progress on that end. Even so, Vargas is not what most Royals fans had in mind.

The hot name linked to Kansas City had been Phil Hughes. His age, familiarity with pitching coach Dave Eiland, and fastball-slider combination cast him as an obvious upside play. Someone who, at the end of the day likely tops out as a no. 4 starter, but has the chance—however slim—to exceed expectations by improving his command or changeup. Hughes' potential is easy to see, and—no matter

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