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Jason Vargas will wear #51, thanks to his daughter

Some Major League players are linked to one number throughout their careers while others are fine with switching from time to time.  We were visiting with reporters before yesterday’s press conference and the question came up – what number(s) had Jason Vargas worn previously and what number would he wear in KC?  A quick search of baseball-reference.com revealed that the lefty has donned 56 (Marlins), 43 (Mets), 38 (Mariners) and 60 (Angels).  We knew 51 was his new choice, but why 51?  The question was asked early in the press conference…Vargas looked at all of the available numbers and left the decision to three-year-old daughter Elizabeth.  Vargas will be the 15th Royal to wear 51 in the regular season.  The list includes Johnny Damon, who wore the number as a rookie in 1995 before switching to 18, and Jonathan Broxton, the last player to wear the number (2012). Great choice, Elizabeth!  51 it is!

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Royals add Jason Vargas to 40-man roster, designate George Kottaras for assignment

The Royals announced have added left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas to the 40-man roster. To clear a spot on the Major League 40-man roster, the Royals have designated catcher George Kottaras for assignment.  Kottaras was KC’s backup catcher in 2013.  He recorded five home runs and 12 RBI in 46 games.

Royals sign free agent pitcher Jason Vargas to four-year deal

The Royals announced today that they have agreed to terms with free agent left-handed pitcher Jason Vargas on a four-year Major League contract upon completion of a physical, which he passed today. Per club policy, terms of the contract were not disclosed.

Vargas, 30, went 9-8 with a 4.02 ERA in 24 starts with the Los Angeles Angels last season, recording 109 strikeouts in 150.0 innings. He tallied a pair of shutouts, making him one of just eight American League pitchers to collect multiple shutouts during the 2013 season. The left-handed hurler was named A.L. Pitcher of the Month in May, going 5-0 with a 2.30 ERA in six starts, his second monthly award in the last two years. Vargas has tossed five shutouts over the last three seasons, which is tied with former teammate Felix Hernandez for fifth in the Major Leagues in that span.
A workhorse throughout his career, Vargas has logged 568.1 innings over the last three seasons, including a career high 217.1 frames for Seattle in 2012, which were the most by a left-handed pitcher that season. His nine complete games since the start of 2011 are tied for fifth-most in the Major Leagues, including second-most among southpaws. He set career bests in wins (14), starts (33), innings pitched (217.1), strikeouts (141), WHIP (1.18) and quality starts (22) during the 2012 season with Seattle.

Vargas and his wife, Shelley, reside in Phoenix, Ariz., with their son, Joshua, and daughter, Elizabeth.

We welcome Jason and his family to Kansas City!

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