Rays-Mariners trade: Meet Carlos Vargas
Here's a breakdown on shortstop Carlos Vargas, acquired from Seattle along with outfielder Mallex Smith and left-handed starter Ryan Yarborough in exchange for pitcher Drew Smyly:
The shortstop, who turns 18 in March, joins a growing list of young, talented shortstops in the system.
Vargas made his pro debut last year in the Dominican Summer League. He played 62 games and hit 242 with a .344 on-base percentage and a .391 slugging percentage. He hit seven home runs, drove in 35 runs and scored 41 times.
Neander said the team is very familiar with Vargas.
"Granted, (he's) very far away and a lot of distance away from where he is and the major league level. But Vargas is a player that is very dynamic," Neander said.
From MLB Trade Rumors: "In writing about Vargas last spring, (Baseball America's) Ben Badler noted that (Vargas) has too many moving parts in his swing but has displayed a strong baseball IQ and an impressive ability to make adjustments at the behest of the Mariners' staff. Badler also credited Vargas with above-average raw power, an ability to hit the ball the opposite way, and an above-average arm with a quick release."
Fangraphs' Eric Longenhagen sees Vargas as a third baseman because of his "big pull power projection."