March 16, 2014 8:06 PM

Call Royals pitcher Jason Vargas Mr. Consistency

The value of Jason Vargas, the recipient of the second-largest free-agent contract in Royals history, is subtle, the stuff of pinpoint bullpen sessions and off-field nonchalance. During his first few weeks as a Royal, Vargas appears to be what the Royals paid $32 million for: Mid-rotation ballast for a group headlined by James Shields and hopefully invigorated by prospects like Yordano Ventura and Danny Duffy.

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