Ildemaro Vargas

Washington Nationals’ 2023 Roster: Ildemaro Vargas back for more in D.C. in ‘23

Signed by Washington several days after the Chicago Cubs designated him for assignment and released him in late May this past season, 31-year-old, six-year veteran infielder Ildemaro Vargas played 53 games down the stretch with the Nationals, putting up a .280/.308/.398 line, 13 doubles, and three home runs in 196 plate appearances, playing predominantly third base in D.C. for the final two months-plus of the 2022 campaign.
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Nationals rerack roster ahead of Rule 5 draft, re-sign Ildemaro Vargas

With the Rule 5 draft looming, the Washington Nationals on Tuesday rearranged their 40-man roster and agreed to a contract with a 2022 contributor. The Nationals placed six minor leaguers — infielder Jake Alu, outfielder Jeremy De La Rosa, right-handers Jackson Rutledge and Jake Irvin and left-handed relievers Matt Cronin and Jose Ferrer — on their 40-man roster, which protects them from being selected in the Rule 5 draft Dec. 7.
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Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Avoids arbitration

Vargas signed a one-year contract with the Nationals on Tuesday, avoiding arbitration. Vargas provided solid production at the plate for Washington, slashing .302/.338/.439 upon joining the team in August. The 31-year-old infielder could slide back in as a starter in 2023, though he will likely ultimately settle into his customary utility role.
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Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Not starting Monday

Vargas isn't in the lineup Monday against the Cubs. Vargas started the last three games and went 2-for-9 with a double, an RBI and a walk. Maikel Franco will take his place at the hot corner and bat ninth.
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Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Four hits in Wednesday's loss

Vargas went 4-for-4 with a run scored in Wednesday's loss to the Mets. Getting the start at third base and batting ninth, the 31-year-old utility player kept flipping the lineup over, although Vargas' efforts didn't lead to any actual Washington offense until the ninth inning. With Cesar Hernandez and Maikel Franco both struggling at the plate this season, Vargas could see semi-consistent work around the infield, but the expected promotion of CJ Abrams -- one of the headliners in the package the Nationals received for Juan Soto -- would block one of those paths to playing time and potentially even cost Vargas his roster spot.

Farewell, Ildemaro Vargas

As noted yesterday, when veteran utility man Ildemaro Vargas was outrighted to Triple-A Iowa by the Chicago Cubs, he had the right to elect free agency instead of accepting the assignment, by virtue of having been outrighted before in his career (a guy can be outrighted only once without his permission). This time around, Vargas did not accept the assignment, and has elected free agency.
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Cubs roster move: Ildemaro Vargas DFA, P.J. Higgins recalled

Cubs catcher Willson Contreras left Saturday's game with an apparent hamstring injury. It's serious enough that the team recalled P.J. Higgins from Triple-A Iowa. Contreras is day to day. Contreras is having a fine year, batting .258/.352/.458 (31-for-120) with five home runs. The Cubs will miss his bat, but Yan...

Christopher Morel and Ildemaro Vargas Go Back-to-Back

The Cubs have been watching the Diamondbacks hit fly balls all day, one of the windiest at Wrigley Field in a long time, and they’ve been soaring out of the park. So youngster Christopher Morel was like, hey, I can hit fly balls. I’ll show the guys how to do it. The next batter, Ildemaro Vargas was watching, and took the tip:
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Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Hits first 2022 home run

Vargas went 1-for-2 with two walks, a solo home run and two runs scored in Friday's loss to the Diamondbacks. Vargas batted ninth but still provided an offensive spark in the 10-6 loss. The 30-year-old got the start at shortstop over Andrelton Simmons, though the latter seems likely to play more regularly moving forward as he works his way back from a shoulder injury. Vargas won't have a ton of fantasy value in a utility role off the bench.
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Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Likely to move into utility role

Vargas is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the Pirates. Vargas had started each of the Cubs' last three games at shortstop, going 2-for-9 with a triple, a walk, two RBI and a run during that stretch. He'll likely move into a utility role now that Andrelton Simmons (shoulder) -- who was activated from the 10-day injured list Sunday -- is ready to make his first start of the season Monday.
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Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Contract selected

Vargas had his contract selected by the Cubs on Tuesday, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. The 30-year-old missed out on Chicago's Opening Day roster but will now receive a big-league opportunity after Nick Madrigal (back) was placed on the injured list. Vargas should serve as infield depth while Madrigal is unavailable.
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Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Sent to minor-league camp

Vargas was reassigned to minor-league camp Monday. Vargas slashed .323/.364/.548 with two homers, a double, six RBI and three runs this spring, but he was unable to land a utility role on the major-league roster to begin the year. If the Cubs' position players deal with injuries during the 2022 campaign, Vargas' defensive versatility makes him a prime candidate to be called up.

The Fourth Cut is the Vargas: Infielder Ildemaro Vargas and Four Pitchers Sent to Minor League Camp

The Chicago Cubs today cut the spring roster down significantly, with five more heading out to minor league camp. The roster is down to 31. On the way out: infielder Ildemaro Vargas, and pitchers Stephen Gonsalves, Robert Gsellman, Jonathan Holder, and Steven Brault. None of the four pitchers was expected to make the Opening Day roster, but all four are strong candidates to appear at some point on the big league team this year, assuming they don’t sooner opt out of their minor league deals.
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Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Goes deep Tuesday

Vargas 2-for-3 with a two-run home run in Tuesday's Cactus League game against the Mariners. Vargas did not go deep in 34 games at the MLB level last season with three different teams, so the power is a bit of a surprise. With the Cubs adding Andrelton Simmons in the offseason, and Nick Madrigal (hamstring) also getting healthy and joining the mix in the middle infield, Vargas may get squeezed from the MLB roster. A strong spring could help his cause, or at least make him a more likely call-up candidate down the road if he plays well at the Triple-A level.
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Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Invited to camp

Vargas is attending big-league spring training as a non-roster invitee, Meghan Montemurro of the Chicago Tribune reports. Vargas signed with the Cubs on a minor-league contract back in December after appearing in 15 games with the team over the past two seasons. Chicago added Andrelton Simmons on Friday to cover shortstop, and Nico Hoerner, Nick Madrigal, David Bote and Sergio Alcantara may all see time in the middle infield this year. Vargas provides some veteran organizational depth and offers little fantasy upside in 2022.