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September 30, 2020 11:20 AM
Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Returns for postseason
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 30, 2020 01:16 AM
Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Could make postseason roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 22, 2020 11:40 AM
Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Lands on injured list
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 13, 2020 10:36 AM
Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Makes impact in Saturday's start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

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.

September 7, 2020 02:20 PM
Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Activated Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

The Cubs added Vargas to their active roster ahead of Monday's game against the Cardinals, Maddie Lee of NBC Sports Chicago reports.

Chicago claimed Vargas off waivers from the Twins on Saturday, but he was unavailable for the past two days while the Cubs waited for him to clear COVID-19 intake testing. The utility man will provide depth around the diamond for the Cubs, but he likely won't have a path to steady at-bats at any position.

September 5, 2020 07:04 PM
Cubs' Ildemaro Vargas: Claimed by Cubs
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas was claimed by the Cubs Saturday, Mark Gonzales of the Chicago Tribune reports.

Vargas was designated for assignment by the Twins Wednesday and the Cubs grabbed the infielder, who is slashing .190/.222/.262 this season across 18 games for Minnesota and Arizona. Chicago has both Jason Kipnis and Nico Hoerner at Vargas' natural spot of second base, so the 29-year-old is likely nothing more than infield depth at this point. Chicago released Jharel Cotton in a corresponding move.

September 2, 2020 05:44 PM
Twins' Ildemaro Vargas: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas was designated for assignment by the Twins on Wednesday.

Vargas will be removed from the 40-man roster after Josh Donaldson (calf) was reinstated from the 10-day injured list Wednesday. However, the Twins are hopeful that he'll clear waivers and remain in the organization. The 29-year-old saw inconsistent playing time while on Minnesota's 28-man roster, hitting .227 with a double and two RBI over 10 games.

August 24, 2020 01:32 PM
Twins' Ildemaro Vargas: Filling in for resting Arraez
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas will start at second base and will bat seventh Sunday against the Royals.

Vargas will pick up his fourth start in five games, but three of those assignments came when Luis Arraez was sidelined with a knee injury. Arraez returned to the lineup Saturday and appears to just be getting a maintenance day in Sunday's series finale, so Vargas should return to a full-time bench role during the upcoming week. Vargas looks to have inched ahead of Ehire Adrianza as the Twins' top infield reserve after going 5-for-11 with a triple, double, two RBI and two runs over the last three contests.

August 12, 2020 04:52 AM
Twins' Ildemaro Vargas: Traded to Minnesota
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas was traded from the Diamondbacks to the Twins on Tuesday in exchange for cash considerations.

Vargas was designated for assignment by Arizona on Thursday, but he'll find a new home with the Twins via trade. The 29-year-old hit .150 with two runs and five strikeouts over 20 at-bats this season and should serve as infield depth in Minnesota.

August 6, 2020 03:32 PM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Designated for assignment
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas was designated for assignment by the Diamondbacks on Thursday.

Vargas is 3-for-20 with five strikeouts through eight appearances this season, so it isn't overly surprising to see him cast off Arizona's roster with teams needing to trim from 30 to 28 active players. The 29-year-old hit .269/.299/.413 across 92 games last season and could draw interest on waivers as a utility option.

July 27, 2020 10:24 PM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Makes first start
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas started at first base and went 1-for-4 in Monday's 6-2 loss to San Diego.

This was Vargas' third appearance and first start of the season. All three appearances have come at first base. Prior to 2020, Vargas played mostly middle infield and some third base, but a productive summer camp has manager Torey Lovullo looking to get him in the lineup wherever possible. Vargas is 2-for-7 with a run scored in 2020.

July 25, 2020 10:24 AM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Enters as PH
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas entered Friday's game as a pinch hitter for Jake Lamb and remained in the game at first base. He struck out in his only plate appearance.

Vargas was one of the Diamondbacks' best hitters during summer camp, and manager Torey Lovullo vowed to find ways to get his bat in the lineup. The switch-hitting utility infielder could be a primary pinch hitter for Arizona in addition to spelling all infielders on random days.

July 22, 2020 12:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Adds first base to resume
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas got a start at first base late in summer camp, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Vargas displayed a big bat during summer camp and the exhibition games in Los Angeles, which has manager Torey Lovullo thinking creatively about how to get him in the lineup. The switch-hitting utility infielder has a career .968 OPS against left-handers, which Lovullo might be able to exploit. Vargas came up as a middle infielder and played third base, but he's blocked at those spots. That leaves first base -- already the domain of Christian Walker (groin) -- and designated hitter.

July 21, 2020 07:28 AM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Lone bright spot Monday
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas hit a solo home run and a single in Monday's 12-1 loss in an exhibition game against the Dodgers, Nick Piecoro of the Arizona Republic reports.

Vargas provided Monday's lone highlight for the Diamondbacks, who lost both exhibition games to the Dodgers by a combined score of 21-3. He's swung a hot bat during summer camp and is expected to be part of the 30-man roster that opens the season Friday in San Diego.

July 12, 2020 11:12 AM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Muscles up in camp
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas belted two home runs and drove in six runs during Saturday's intrasquad game, Steve Gilbert of reports.

Vargas was a likely addition to the roster in spring training, and based on the way he's hit in camp, it's almost certain he'll be part of the 30-man Opening Day roster. Diamondbacks manager Torey Lovullo estimated Vargas has hit six home runs in intrasquad and simulated games since camp opened. The soon-to-be 29-year-old has experience at three infield positions (2B, 3B, SS) and played a few games in the outfield for Arizona in 2019. That positional versatility, along with the distinction of being a switch hitter, could be helpful when Lovullo is required to trim the roster as the regular season progresses.

July 3, 2020 10:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Likely on active roster
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas is expected to be carried on the active roster to start the season, Steve Gilbert of reports.

Vargas was having a strong spring before the coronavirus pandemic prompted MLB to hit the pause button on the 2020 season. With a plan in place to play 60 games beginning in late July that includes an expanded active roster of 30 players, there should be room to Vargas and others that were competing for the final couple of spots on what was then a 26-man roster. Vargas along with Josh Rojas and Jon Jay should open the season on the active roster. Eventually, the roster limit drops to 28 then 26, so there will be some cuts during the first month of the season. A player like Vargas, who can play multiple positions, is in a good position to hang on to a spot.

March 12, 2020 11:56 AM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Cementing roster spot
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas is hitting .394 (13-for-33) with three extra-base hits, three RBI, five runs scored and one stolen base over 12 Cactus League games.

Vargas leads the Diamondbacks in spring at-bats and hits and is sealing a spot on the Opening Day roster as the utility infielder. The 27-year-old Vargas appeared in 92 games for Arizona in 2019, playing mostly second base and making a handful of starts at shortstop and third base.

September 25, 2019 06:16 AM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Ties it, then finishes it
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas went 4-for-6 with a double, a home run and two RBI in Tuesday's 3-2 extra-innings win over St. Louis.

Vargas didn't start the game but was a central figure after entering for Domingo Leyba. His pinch-hit homer in the bottom of the ninth inning sent the game into extra frames, before his bases-loaded single in the bottom of the 19th inning plated the game-winning run. It was the longest game in the history of Chase Field. The 28-year-old utility infielder has been used primarily as a pinch hitter and defensive replacement, making just two starts since being called up Aug. 20.

August 20, 2019 04:52 PM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Back in majors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas was recalled from Triple-A Reno prior to Tuesday's game against the Rockies.

He is not in the lineup against lefty Kyle Freeland. Look for Vargas to assume a bench infielder role over the rest of the season. He has hit .403/.453/.573 with two home runs, one steal, 11 walks and five strikeouts in 28 games at Triple-A, but his .260/.296/.391 slash line in the majors is a better gauge of the 28-year-old's offensive capabilities.

July 24, 2019 09:56 AM
Diamondbacks' Ildemaro Vargas: Shipped to minors
by RotoWire Staff | RotoWire

Vargas was optioned to Triple-A Reno following Tuesday's loss to the Orioles, Zach Buchanan of The Athletic reports.

Vargas has only 14 at-bats since the All-Star break, so it's no major surprise to see him headed to the minors with David Peralta (shoulder) nearing his return from the injured list. Vargas has a .260/.296/.391 slash line in 169 at-bats this season.

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