Veteran LHP Jason Vargas could anchor the San Diego Padres young-ish rotation
Signing free-agent lefty Jason Vargas would not be a high-profile free-agent signing for the San Diego Padres. If anything, it would likely rile up the MLB world, causing folks to complain about yet another “nobody” getting signed while a number of superstar free-agents remain unsigned.
Jason Vargas may fly under the radar, but there aren’t many other pitchers in baseball who have been more consistent. A soft-tossing left-handed starter, Jason Vargas has never overpowered hitters. He gets by on his off-speed stuff. Signing Vargas as a back-end of the rotation guy would give the San Diego Padres four solid starting pitchers.
Adding Vargas to the incumbent top-three of Clayton Richard, Dinelson Lamet, and Luis Perdomo would give this Padres a nice wrinkle to go along with the other budding stars on their roster. It could also bridge the gap while some of the Friars young pitchers continue to develop.
Making any of these cost-effective moves, as opposed to committing long-term and a lot financially to Eric Hosmer, would give the San Diego Padres a much better chance at taking advantage of the talent and of their franchise. By not tying themselves down to a player who will be 36 at the end of a hypothetical seven-to-eight-year deal.