Aug 24, 2013; Seattle, WA, USA; Los Angeles Angels starting pitcher Jason Vargas (60) complains to home plate umpire Ron Kulpa (46) (not pictured) after a balk was called during the 7th inning between the Seattle Mariners and the Los Angeles Angels at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Steven Bisig-USA TODAY Sports
By now, I’m sure you all have heard the news that Jason Vargas was signed by the Kansas City Royals to a four year, $32 Million contract. Naturally, any major signing is going to get a reaction, and we here at Kings of Kauffman asked for your thoughts. Here are some of the reactions from around the internet.
From Fancred, Steve Morrison stated “I like it. Not terrible. (not) Use(d) to the Royals finding someone in free agency.”
Reaction on Twitter was mixed. Most people seemed apathetic, feeling that it was a decent enough deal. Nolan gave an example as to what he felt that Vargas could be, comparing him to Jeremy Guthrie.
However, there were those that felt the deal was good for the Royals on Twitter. The Vargas signing was compared to the Ervin Santana signing, as it was noted that Santana had a down year with the Angels before coming over. Likewise, pitching in a ballpark like Kauffman Stadium could be a benefit for Vargas.
The reaction on Facebook also seemed to be mixed. The biggest point of contention was the length of the contract, with multiple people stating they they felt the fourth year was too much. The signing was also considered a relatively cost effective way of filling out the back of the rotation, potentially giving the Royals enough financial flexibility to pursue another starter while filling in their perceived holes at second and right.
In short, the Vargas signing appears to be regarded as a decent enough move, but not the type of signing that inspires dreams of a championship, which makes sense for a back of the rotation starter. It will be interesting to look back on how people feel about the Jason Vargas signing as the offseason continues, and the Royals make further moves.