Jason Matthew Vargas (born February 2, 1983 in Apple Valley, California) is a left-handed pitcher for the Seattle Mariners. He has played parts of two seasons in the major leagues with the Florida Marlins, part of one season in the major leagues with the New York Mets and part of one season in the major leagues with theSeattle Mariners.
On November 20, 2006, the Marlins traded Vargas to the New York Mets along with fellow starting pitcher Adam Bostick in exchange for relief pitchers Matt Lindstromand Henry Owens. Vargas began the 2007 season with the Triple-A New Orleans Zephyrs, compiling a 2-3 record with a 5.30 ERA which Mets manager Willie Randolph described as "so-so".
He was called up to the Mets on May 13 after an injured Moisés Alou was sent to the disabled list, and took over the rotation spot previously held by Mike Pelfrey, who was in return optioned to New Orleans after posting an 0-5 record in 6 outings. His first outing as a Met was on May 17, a no decision in a 6-5 victory over theChicago Cubs.
Vargas, had a bone spur removed from his elbow in October, and had surgery to repair a torn labrum in his left hip on March 17, 2008.