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Mariners put Jason Vargas, Kevin Millwood on trade waivers

Aug 27, 2012, 6:23 PM EDT

Jason Vargas AP

That’s the word from FOXsports.com’s Ken Rosenthal:

I can’t help but think the Dodgers would put claims in both, though it’s entirely possible neither will make it out of the American League unclaimed.

Vargas, 29, is 13-8 with a 3.75 ERA  and a 111/45 K/BB ratio in 180 innings this season. Not only is he cheap this year, but he’s under control for another year in arbitration. He’ll probably make $6 million-$8 million in 2013.

Millwood, 37, is a free agent at season’s end. He’s 4-11 with a 4.28 ERA and a 100/48 K/BB ratio in 145 innings. He’s especially struggled of late, posting a 5.76 ERA in five starts this month. However, he has been a surprisingly solid pitcher away from Safeco Field this year, amassing a 4.38 ERA in 13 starts.Vargas, in comparison, has a 4.62 ERA in his road outings.

The Orioles were known to have interest in Vargas before the trade deadline and might well put in a claim now, even though they just picked up Joe Saunders from Arizona. The Angels and Tigers might also be in the mix here. The Angels have the worst record of any AL contender, so they would seem to have first dibs unless a non-contender claims Vargas thinking he can help in 2013.

  1. sknut - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:09 PM

    Vargas is a guy the Twins should look long and hard at. They need to use all avenues to acquire pitching, I doubt a trade could work out though.

  2. dawgpoundmember - Aug 27, 2012 at 7:30 PM

    If Vargas does fall far enough to the tigers, I believe they have the goods to get him and will try after flopping on Sanchez.

  3. mmason0071 - Aug 27, 2012 at 9:10 PM

    Not sure what the Mariner’s are thinking here on Vargas. Millwood has been surprisingly average but is useless for the M’s rebuild. But Vargas has become a respectable, reliable healthy starter with some good years left and won’t cost that much even next year. The Mariner’s much vaunted pitching prospects are mostly hurt or struggling in AA and AAA and not nearly ready to take Jason’s place in the bigs. All we seem to get in trades is more ‘almost good enough’ outfielders, and we already have plenty of them now.

    • marinersnate - Aug 28, 2012 at 3:01 AM

      “Not sure what the Mariner’s are thinking here on Vargas. Millwood has been surprisingly average but is useless for the M’s rebuild. But Vargas has become a respectable, reliable healthy starter with some good years left and won’t cost that much even next year.”

      Yes he will “cost that much even next year.” This is simply ownership saving money. The author of this post probably low-balled it at $6m-$$8m. It is probably more likely that Vargas (in ARB-3.) will cost $8m-$10m next year. We are obviously not going to contend next year. Why would ownership pay $8m-$10m to a #2 starter on a non-contending team? It just makes business sense to see what you can get coming back for Vargas instead of paying him big $ next year. (Of course the problem is that “the Great” JackZ will trade him for another Casper Wells or Ryan Langerhans. He should hold out for another one tool player like Jesus Montero.)

  4. nickleback99 - Aug 28, 2012 at 2:19 AM

    I’m a diehard M’s fan and I don’t know What the Hell they are thinking when their young guns aren’t ready yet and Vargas has been particularly good at home this yr. Millwood…I get that…but Vargas?

  5. mrobinson14 - Aug 28, 2012 at 7:19 AM

    Cleveland get on this!!! We are hurting so bad in the starting pitcher (and most other positions) department!!! Vargas would be a great pickup!

  6. rooney24 - Aug 28, 2012 at 10:29 AM

    Is Vargas only a smoke screen to deflect interest away from Millwood, so that Millwood clears waivers?

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