Dodgers sign Vargas to one-year pact
Right-hander has experience as both starter and reliever
The Dodgers officially announced Monday that they signed right-hander Claudio Vargas to a one-year deal in a move that should add pitching depth to a team that has already lost Brad Penny to free agency and could lose Derek Lowe in the coming weeks.Vargas, 30, appeared in 11 games with the Mets last season, going 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA. In his six-year career, he has appeared in 114 games as a starter and 50 games as a reliever. The deal is believed to be worth the Major League minimum salary of $400,000, but it can add an additional $1.4 million with incentives. "Claudio provides us with Major League experience and versatility," Dodgers general manager Ned Colletti said in a statement. "He's won at the Major League level and he can start or work out of the bullpen if necessary." Vargas' best season was in 2006 when he went 12-10 with a 4.83 ERA in 30 starts with the Diamondbacks. He joined the Brewers as part of a six-player trade before the 2007 season and started 23 games for Milwaukee. Vargas went 11-6 with a 5.09 ERA that season but the Brewers were 16-7 when he started. Vargas, however, was released by the Brewers in March and joined the Mets before last season. He started four games for New York, going 2-2 with a 4.50 ERA.
Vargas played in his native Dominican Republic this offseason in the the Dominican Winter League for Aguilas del Cibao and posted a 3-1 record with a 4.02 ERA and 31 strikeouts in six starts.
Rhett Bollinger is an associate reporter for MLB.com. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.