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Birth Date2-2-1983
Height6' 0"
Weight215 lbs
Age31 years, 10 months, 23 days
BatsL
ThrowsL
2.42010
2.42011
-0.32012
0.92013
2.02014
WARP Summary

Standard

YEAR TEAM AGE G GS IP IP-SP IP-RP W L SV BS QS BQS PA H R ER HR TB BB UBB HBP SO ERA FIP FRA VORP WARP
2005 FLO 22 17 13 73.7 67.3 6.3 5 5 0 0 4 0 325 71 34 33 4 110 31 27 4 59 4.03 3.52 2.98 23.0 2.5
2006 FLO 23 12 5 43.0 23.7 19.3 1 2 0 0 2 0 213 50 39 35 9 94 30 27 4 25 7.33 7.04 6.29 -0.2 0.0
2007 NYN 24 2 2 10.3 10.3 0.0 0 1 0 0 0 0 51 17 14 14 4 29 2 1 0 4 12.19 8.02 8.63 -2.8 -0.3
2009 SEA 26 23 14 91.7 76.0 15.7 3 6 0 0 3 0 385 98 53 50 16 166 24 23 3 54 4.91 5.12 5.70 2.3 0.3
2010 SEA 27 31 31 192.7 192.7 0.0 9 12 0 0 21 0 811 187 86 81 18 297 54 51 1 116 3.78 3.91 3.91 24.3 2.4
2011 SEA 28 32 32 201.0 201.0 0.0 10 13 0 0 18 1 857 205 105 95 22 313 59 55 4 131 4.25 4.12 3.96 22.4 2.4
2012 SEA 29 33 33 217.3 217.3 0.0 14 11 0 0 22 2 887 201 94 93 35 345 55 54 3 141 3.85 4.64 5.27 -4.1 -0.3
2013 ANA 30 24 24 150.0 150.0 0.0 9 8 0 0 14 0 644 162 68 67 17 250 46 44 5 109 4.02 4.12 4.38 8.4 0.9
2014 KCA 31 30 30 187.0 187.0 0.0 11 10 0 0 18 1 790 197 82 77 19 298 41 37 6 128 3.71 3.87 4.23 17.7 2.0
Career2041841166.71125.341.36268001024496311885755451441902342319307674.204.334.4891.09.9

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YEAR Team Lg G GS IP FRA FRA+ TAv oppAVG oppOBP oppSLG oppTAv BABIP PPF PVORP PWARP VORP WARP
2004 GRB A 3 3 19.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .170 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2004 JAM A- 8 8 41.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .292 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 FLO MLB 17 13 73.7 2.98 130 .259 .256 .322 .404 .256 .295 94 19.9 2.0 23.0 2.5
2005 GRB A 5 5 33.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.326 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 JUP A+ 9 9 55.3 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.512 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2005 CAR AA 3 3 19.0 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 -.286 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2006 FLO MLB 12 5 43.0 6.29 60 .336 .263 .325 .427 .262 .283 92 -2.7 -0.3 -0.2 0.0
2006 ABQ AAA 13 13 69.0 6.09 93 .300 .261 .327 .401 .258 .385 125 7.1 0.7 9.3 0.7
2007 NYN MLB 2 2 10.3 8.63 30 .312 .270 .327 .409 .252 .317 106 -2.7 -0.3 -2.8 -0.3
2007 NWO AAA 24 24 125.0 4.61 104 .268 .273 .337 .434 .260 .320 98 20.4 2.0 19.8 1.7
2008 PES Wnt 9 1 25.7 0.00 0 .000 .000 .000 .000 .000 .229 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0
2009 SEA MLB 23 14 91.7 5.70 82 .279 .269 .334 .427 .261 .285 101 1.9 0.2 2.3 0.3
2009 TAC AAA 9 9 51.7 3.52 120 .239 .279 .349 .438 .286 .319 94 11.0 1.1 11.0 1.1
2010 SEA MLB 31 31 192.7 3.91 109 .260 .259 .324 .406 .259 .272 96 23.7 2.5 24.3 2.4
2011 SEA MLB 32 32 201.0 3.96 103 .270 .258 .324 .410 .265 .285 91 22.3 2.4 22.4 2.4
2012 SEA MLB 33 33 217.3 5.27 70 .260 .257 .320 .414 .264 .254 91 -5.9 -0.6 -4.1 -0.3
2013 ANA MLB 24 24 150.0 4.38 94 .277 .252 .313 .397 .263 .310 96 8.4 0.9 8.4 0.9
2013 SLC AAA 1 1 4.7 14.98 -154 .375 .266 .338 .428 .277 .083 89 -2.5 -0.3 -2.5 -0.3
2014 KCA MLB 30 30 187.0 4.23 101 .261 .256 .316 .392 .262 .299 103 17.7 2.0 17.7 2.0

Statistics For All Levels

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Year Team Lg W L SV G GS IP H BB SO HR GB% BABIP H/9 BB/9 HR/9 K/9 WHIP ERA VORP WARP
2004 JAM A- 3 1 0 8 8 41.3 35 13 41 2 0% .292 7.6 2.8 0.4 8.9 1.16 1.96 0.0 0.0
2004 GRB A 2 1 0 3 3 19.0 9 2 17 1 0% .170 4.3 0.9 0.5 8.1 0.58 2.37 0.0 0.0
2005 GRB A 4 1 0 5 5 33.7 16 10 33 1 0% -.326 4.3 2.7 0.3 8.8 0.77 0.80 0.0 0.0
2005 FLO MLB 5 5 0 17 13 73.7 71 31 59 4 32% .295 8.7 3.8 0.5 7.2 1.38 4.03 23.0 2.5
2005 JUP A+ 2 3 0 9 9 55.3 47 14 60 6 0% -.512 7.6 2.3 1.0 9.8 1.10 3.42 0.0 0.0
2005 CAR AA 1 0 0 3 3 19.0 13 7 25 3 0% -.286 6.2 3.3 1.4 11.8 1.05 2.84 0.0 0.0
2006 ABQ AAA 3 6 0 13 13 69.0 98 28 51 11 38% .385 12.8 3.7 1.4 6.7 1.83 7.43 9.3 0.7
2006 FLO MLB 1 2 0 12 5 43.0 50 30 25 9 33% .283 10.5 6.3 1.9 5.2 1.86 7.33 -0.2 0.0
2007 NWO AAA 9 7 0 24 24 125.0 141 44 108 14 36% .320 10.2 3.2 1.0 7.8 1.48 4.97 19.8 1.7
2007 NYN MLB 0 1 0 2 2 10.3 17 2 4 4 27% .317 14.8 1.7 3.5 3.5 1.84 12.19 -2.8 -0.3
2008 PES Wnt 1 0 0 9 1 25.7 20 5 13 1 0% .229 7.0 1.8 0.4 4.6 0.97 2.10 0.0 0.0
2009 TAC AAA 4 3 0 9 9 51.7 48 15 46 3 31% .319 8.4 2.6 0.5 8.0 1.22 3.13 11.0 1.1
2009 SEA MLB 3 6 0 23 14 91.7 98 24 54 16 39% .285 9.6 2.4 1.6 5.3 1.33 4.91 2.3 0.3
2010 SEA MLB 9 12 0 31 31 192.7 187 54 116 18 37% .272 8.7 2.5 0.8 5.4 1.25 3.78 24.3 2.4
2011 SEA MLB 10 13 0 32 32 201.0 205 59 131 22 39% .285 9.2 2.6 1.0 5.9 1.31 4.25 22.4 2.4
2012 SEA MLB 14 11 0 33 33 217.3 201 55 141 35 42% .254 8.3 2.3 1.4 5.8 1.18 3.85 -4.1 -0.3
2013 SLC AAA 0 0 0 1 1 4.7 4 3 2 3 53% .083 7.7 5.8 5.8 3.9 1.50 7.71 -2.5 -0.3
2013 ANA MLB 9 8 0 24 24 150.0 162 46 109 17 42% .310 9.7 2.8 1.0 6.5 1.39 4.02 8.4 0.9
2014 KCA MLB 11 10 0 30 30 187.0 197 41 128 19 41% .299 9.5 2.0 0.9 6.2 1.27 3.71 17.7 2.0

Plate Discipline

YEAR PITCHES ZONE_RT SWING_RT CONTACT_RT Z_SWING_RT O_SWING_RT Z_CONTACT_RT O_CONTACT_RT SW_STRK_RT
2009 1458 0.4808 0.4465 0.8203 0.6277 0.2787 0.8636 0.7299 0.1797
2010 3001 0.5365 0.4695 0.8339 0.6143 0.3019 0.8837 0.7167 0.1654
2011 3235 0.5496 0.4589 0.8288 0.6035 0.2821 0.8751 0.7080 0.1712
2012 3267 0.5078 0.4559 0.8153 0.6022 0.3047 0.8819 0.6796 0.1833
2013 2377 0.5023 0.4377 0.8010 0.5787 0.2950 0.8698 0.6648 0.1990
2014 2991 0.4667 0.4514 0.7970 0.5910 0.3292 0.8703 0.6819 0.2015
Career163290.51060.45470.81640.60150.30050.87540.69480.1829

Injury History

Date On Date Off Transaction Days Games Side Body Part Injury Severity Surgery Date Reaggravation
2014-07-09 2014-08-02 15-DL 24 19 - General Medical Surgery Appendectomy -
2013-06-18 2013-08-13 15-DL 56 47 Left Shoulder Surgery Axillary Blood Clot 2013-06-26 -
2008-03-21 2008-09-29 60-DL 192 162 Left Hip Surgery Labrum 2008-03-17
2007-09-23 2007-10-04 60-DL 11 8 Left Elbow Surgery Bone Spurs 2007-10-04

Compensation

Year Team Salary
2017 KCA $8,000,000
2016 KCA $8,500,000
2015 KCA $8,500,000
2014 KCA $7,000,000
2013 ANA $8,500,000
2012 SEA $4,850,000
2011 SEA $2,450,000
2010 SEA $412,500
2008 SEA $394,000
2006 FLO $327,000
YearsDescriptionSalary
6 yrPrevious$16,933,500
2011Current$7,000,000
7 yrPvs + Cur$23,933,500
3 yrFuture$25,000,000
10 yrTotal$48,933,500

 

Service TimeAgentContract Status
6 y 114 dNez Balelo4 years/$32M (2014-17)

Details
  • 4 years/$32M (2014-17). Signed by Kansas City as a free agent 11/21/13. 14:$7M, 15:$8.5M, 16:$8.5M, 17:$8M.
  • 1 year/$8.5M (2013). Signed by LA Angels 1/18/13 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$4.85M (2012). Re-signed by Seattle 1/17/12 (avoided arbitration). Acquired by LA Angels in trade from Seattle 12/19/12.
  • 1 year/$2.45M (2011). Re-signed by Seattle 1/18/11 (avoided arbitration).
  • 1 year/$0.4125M (2010). Re-signed by Seattle 2/26/10.
  • 1 year/$0.405M (2009). Signed by Seattle 2/27/09.
  • 1 year/$0.394M (2008). Re-signed by NY Mets 3/4/08. Acquired by Seattle in trade from NY Mets 12/10/08.
  • 1 year (2007). Signed by NY Mets 3/07.
  • 1 year/$0.327M (2006). Re-signed by Florida 3/06 (split contract $155,505 in minors). Acquired by NY Mets in trade from Florida 11/06.
  • 1 year (2005). Contract purchased by Florida 7/05.
  • Drafted by Florida 2004 (2-68) (Long Beach State). $0.525M signing bonus.

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Platoon

SORT_FIELD PLATOON AVG OBP SLG TAv
10 vs L (Multi) .276 .316 .383 .252
11 vs R (Multi) .261 .311 .420 .269
18 Split (Multi) .015 .005 -.038 -.017
19 LgAvg (Multi) -.024 -.027 -.064 -.028
30 vs L (2014) .268 .306 .355 .238
31 vs R (2014) .266 .311 .419 .268
38 Split (2014) .002 -.006 -.064 -.030
39 LgAvg (2014) -.020 -.022 -.062 -.025

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BP Chats

DateQuestionAnswer
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)What do you think the rotation will be opening day next year for the Royals?
(Alex from Madison, WI)
Jason Vargas, Danny Duffy, Yordano Ventura, Jeremy Guthrie and Johnny Free Agent. (Andy McCullough)
2014-10-17 12:00:00 (link to chat)Who's the best hitting pitcher on this team?
(Why Touki from Arizona)
It may well be Jason Vargas. I am sure James Shields thinks it is James Shields. (Andy McCullough)
2014-08-29 12:00:00 (link to chat)So Jason Vargas is not the human garbage monster that some KC faithful painted him to be afterall. Weird, huh?
(IAMCHRISTOPHER from philly)
Correct. Upside and velocity are sexy and Vargas doesn't have either. He does know how to pitch and he's fairly reliable. Those are good qualities to have from a guy who needn't be your best or second-best starter. (R.J. Anderson)
2014-04-03 19:30:00 (link to chat)I am glad that we have touched your musical side Mr. Goldstein. So now I would like to ask how you feel about Varg as an artist and as a person. He is very polarizing and I want to know how he makes you feel.
(Trevor Bauer from New York)
I am a big fan of Jason Vargas and think both he and GMDM were unfairly maligned following the announcement of that deal. Agree with the sentiment that his changeup borders on art. (Craig Goldstein)
2013-03-19 13:00:00 (link to chat)I'm not a fan of either team, but who wins an Angels/Dodgers World Series?
(Alex from Anaheim)
Do the Angels have the pitching to get to the Series? Weaver, Wilson, Blanton, Jason Vargas and Tommy Hunter? I guess if they're in the Series they had enough pitching to get there though. So I'll take the Angels! (Matthew Kory)
2013-02-15 12:00:00 (link to chat)I offered Starlin Castro, Ian Kennedy, Glen Perkins and Gary Brown for Adam Jones, Billy Hamilton, and Michael Pineda in 20-team dynasty. The leagues uses LF/CF/RF over OF, and has deep pitching requirements. The manager I proposed this to has McCutchen in CF, Jones is his DH. He has nobody at SS currently (my backup is Segura). He proposes back Robinson Cano, Starlin Castro, and Ian Kennedy for Adam Jones, Neil Walker, Jason Vargas, and Michael Pineda. I'm not off my game when I say this guy is one suit short of a full deck, am I?
(Louis from Glendale)
I'd trade one of my kids before I traded away Billy Hamilton in a league. For him to take Hamilton out of the deal and ask you to throw in Cano is rather entertaining. Who does he think you are, Jeff Loria? (Jason Collette)
2012-06-21 13:00:00 (link to chat)What in God's name is wrong with Jason Vargas?
(DanDaMan from SeaCliff)
Doesn't have great size or stuff, so if he misses up in the zone he will get punished. (Jason Parks)
2012-06-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Player most likely to be traded at the deadline?
(Flotsam from Grimwood )
Jason Vargas. He isnít glamorous, but he can give a team 30-plus starts a season with close to 20 of those being deemed quality. Add in the Mís pitching depth and that Vargas qualifies for free agency after next season, and I cannot envision him being on Seattleís roster on August 1. (R.J. Anderson)
2012-05-07 13:00:00 (link to chat)Many of the Daily Hit List teams given a 0.0% chance of making the playoffs have not yet accepted their fate. If all of the July trades need to come from the Cubs, Twins, Padres and Royals, it seems like there will be slim pickings for your transactions page. In chronological order, please list the next 5 teams you expect to awake from their silly dreams of greatness.
(HalfStreet from Fairfax VA)
Tough question. I'll offer my list in order of trade likelihood, with the top of the list consisting of teams that I wouldn't be shocked if they made a "sell" move today:

1. Cubs - Trading whatever veterans they can is a no brainer.
2. Padres - I don't still don't believe Carlos Quentin is there for the long haul.
3. Astros - I think they're going to ride this run of decency out jut a bit longer.
4. Athletics - What they'll trade is a more interesting question that if they'll trade.
5. Mariners - I wouldn't be shocked if Jason Vargas gets dealt before the deadline. (R.J. Anderson)


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PITCHf/x Pitcher Profile

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Jason Vargas has thrown 17,451 pitches that have been tracked by the PITCHf/x system between 2009 and 2014, including pitches thrown in the MLB Regular Season, the MLB Postseason and Spring Training. In 2014, he has relied primarily on his Fourseam Fastball (88mph) and Change (81mph), also mixing in a Sinker (88mph) and Curve (76mph). He also rarely throws a Cutter (88mph).