2017 was Jason Vargas’s first full season since 2014 after missing time in 2015 and 2016 due to Tommy John surgery. He started off the year extremely well with a 2.22 ERA and 3.08 strikeout-to-walk ratio in 16 starts through the end of June, making all the time the Royals had to wait seem worth it.
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After June, things went south quickly for Vargas. In his last 16 starts, his ERA ballooned to 6.66 with a walk rate of 9.7 percent and opposing batting average of .293.
This second-half collapse make his end-of-year numbers look average as a whole, but it certainly puts a damper on his potential as a free agent. Plus, Vargas will be 35 years old this season, significantly older than any other Phillie.
Offering Vargas any sort of multi-year contract would be a terrible idea.
On the other hand, that fact could be what makes Vargas a cheap option for the Phillies. As mentioned earlier, they need a left-handed starter to break things up a little bit, which Vargas is.