Cross another one off the Orioles’ list. Jason Vargas, who the Orioles had long liked, signed a four-year, $32 million deal with the Kansas City Royals.
His average salary of $8 million isn’t out of line, but four years for a pitcher with a lifetime record (51-58) seven games under .500, is extravagant.
You can’t blame Orioles executive vice president of baseball operations Dan Duquette for not chasing after Vargas.
With Scott Feldman still unsigned, it will be curious to see how much he’ll command. The Orioles don’t want to give him more than two years. Feldman said the other day that he had expressions of interest from 15 teams. If one of them gives him three or more years, he’ll likely be elsewhere.
NOTES: The Orioles signed infielder Sharlon Schoop and outfielder Ronald Bermudez to minor league contracts. Schoop, the older brother of Jonathan last played in 2012 in the Kansas City organization. Schoop played seven seasons in San Francisco’s organization.
Bermudez has spent eight years in the Boston organization. He hit .261 with one homer and had 26 RBIs for Double-A Portland and Triple-A Pawtucket last year.
The Yankees signed former Orioles infielder Yamaico Navarro to a minor league contract, and the Mets signed former Orioles reliever Miguel Socolovich to a minor league deal.