Royals sign Jason Vargas to 4-year deal worth reported $32 million

Thursday November 21st, 2013

Jason Vargas will be heading to the disabled list with a blood clot in his armpit. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images) Jason Vargas was 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA and 109 strikeouts for the Angels in 2013. (Photo by G Fiume/Getty Images)

The Royals have signed left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas to a four-year contract, the team announced.

Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reports the deal is worth $32 million.

Vargas, 40, was 9-8, with a 4.02 ERA, 109 strikeouts and 46 walks in 150 innings last season for the Angels. He was sidelined with a blood clot in his shoulder during the season.

With Ervin Santana testing the free agent market, Vargas could factor into a rotation that includes No. 1 starter James Shields and right-hander Jeremy Guthrie.

"I believe in what they are doing and how they continue to get better," Vargas said regarding his decision to sign with the Royals.

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