Vargas will be competing for the starting job at second base this spring but will likely fill a bench role, Jordan Bastian of MLB.com reports. Vargas will compete with David Bote and Nico Hoerner for the starting job at second base, but the former will most likely serve as a utility infielder. That doesn't give Vargas a ton of fantasy appeal, especially after posting a .196/.222/.314 line in 2020, but he could be an injury or two away from more regular at-bats.
The Cubs activated Vargas (hamstring) from the 10-day injured list Wednesday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. The utility man will be up with the Cubs for their wild-card series with the Marlins, which begins Wednesday. Before his regular season came to an end when he was placed on the IL on Sept. 21 with a right hamstring strain, Vargas slashed .196/.222/.314 in 54 plate appearances across stints with the Diamondbacks, Twins and Cubs.
Vargas (hamstring) could be included on the Cubs' postseason roster, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports. Vargas was sidelined for the final week of the regular season, but manager David Ross said Tuesday that he could return for the postseason. If Vargas is included on the roster, he'd serve as middle-infield depth after slashing .196/.222/.314 with three RBI over 51 at-bats with the Diamondbacks, Twins and Cubs during the regular season.
Vargas has been placed on the 10-day injured list with a right hamstring strain, retroactive to Sunday. Vargas will miss the final week of the regular season after serving as infield depth for the Cubs recently. It's unclear whether he'll be utilized if the Cubs make the playoffs. Right-hander Adbert Alzolay was recalled from the alternate training site in a corresponding move.
Vargas went 1-for-4 with a solo home run in Saturday's 4-2 win over the Brewers. Getting the start at second base before shifting to third in the late innings, Vargas made his first homer of the year count as he drove a 3-2 fastball from Josh Hader over the wall in left-center field to cap a four-run comeback by the Cubs in the ninth. The 29-year-old utility player is on his third club of 2020, and Vargas' .204/.231/.327 slash line through 52 plate appearances isn't likely to earn him consistent playing time in Chicago.