LOS ANGELES -- The National League West Division Champion Los Angeles Dodgers announced today that they have agreed to terms with veteran right-handed starter Claudio Vargas on a one-year contract. General Manager Ned Colletti made the announcement.
"Claudio provides us with Major League experience and versatility," Colletti said. "He's won at the major league level and he can start or work out of the bullpen if necessary."
Vargas pitched for the Mets last season, going 3-2 with a 4.62 ERA in 11 games (four starts). From 2005-07, the right-hander averaged nearly 11 wins per season and won a career high 12 with Arizona in 2006. The native of the Dominican Republic went 11-6 with a 5.09 ERA in 2007, his last full season and only year with Milwaukee. The Brewers were 16-7 in his 23 starts during the 2007 campaign.
After coming up through the Marlins' system, Vargas reached the Major Leagues with Montreal in 2003 and appeared in 72 games for the Expos-Nationals franchise from 2003-05. The right-hander was picked up by Arizona in the middle of 2005 and went 21-17 for the Diamondbacks over the next two seasons.
This winter, Vargas has been sharp for Aguilas del Cibao in the Dominican Winter League, going 3-1 with a 4.02 ERA (14 ER/31.1 IP) and 31 strikeouts in six starts. The right-hander will be added to the Dodgers' 40-man roster.