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The 286 plate appearances Ildemaro Vargas accrued in 2023 were a career high, as the utility player saw action at five different positions for the Nationals. The 32-year-old's seven percent strikeout rate was the second-lowest in baseball among players with at least 250 plate appearances, ranking behind only batting champ Luis Arraez. Unfortunately, that's about the only interesting thing in Vargas' offensive profile, as he offers next to nothing in terms of power or speed. Vargas is a capable, versatile defender and a switch-hitter, which endears him to managers like Dave Martinez. His only real relevance in fantasy, however, is how much playing time he might take away from other, more interesting guys like Luis Garcia and Nick Senzel.

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2024 882 13 14 13 5 .284
2023 1692 32 4 31 19 1 .252
2022 128.52 19 4 23 8 3 .263
3y Avg. 1091.8 19 3 20 11 2 .240
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Nabs fifth steal

    Vargas went 2-for-4 with a run scored, an RBI and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Guardians. Getting another start at shortstop in place of CJ Abrams (shoulder) and batting ninth, Vargas swiped his fifth bag of the season in a productive afternoon. Abrams could be back in the lineup as soon as Monday against the Mets, bumping Vargas back to the bench, but the veteran utility player has been effective when called upon this season, slashing .288/.368/.385 through 120 plate appearances.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Swipes fourth bag

    Vargas went 1-for-3 with a run scored and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over Atlanta. The 32-year-old utility player began the game on the bench but took over at third base when Nick Senzel fouled a ball off his knee in the second inning. Vargas has posted career-best numbers to begin this season, slashing .298/.383/.404 through 109 plate appearances with four steals, seven RBI and 11 runs. If Senzel misses any time, Vargas would be the next man up at the hot corner.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Steals third bag of season

    Vargas went 1-for-3 with a walk and a stolen base in Wednesday's loss to the White Sox. Batting third against southpaw Garrett Crochet as Nats manager Dave Martinez desperately tried to spark his struggling offense, Vargas didn't make a big impact but was able to steal his third bag of the year, tying his career high. The 32-year-old utility player has been seeing semi-consistent starts in May, batting .294 (5-for-17) in nine games with three doubles, two runs and an RBI. He's already played 10-plus games at both second base and third base in 2024 while also seeing duty in left field (six games) and at shortstop (three games), giving him some fantasy value in deep NL-only formats.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Steals home Sunday

    Vargas went 2-for-5 with a double, a run scored and a stolen base in Sunday's win over the Marlins. With one out in the sixth inning, Vargas cracked a double off Bruch Smith, advanced to third on a single, then raced home as part of a double steal with Trey Lipscomb. Vargas got the start at second base Sunday with lefty Ryan Weathers on the mound for Miami, and a short-side platoon role at the keystone might be all that's available for the 32-year-old utility player right now with Lipscomb, Nick Senzel and Luis Garcia all producing at the plate. Vargas has been making an impact of his own when he gets the chance though, slashing .304/.396/.413 through 53 plate appearances with two steals, four RBI and five runs.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Tough night on basepaths

    Vargas went 2-for-3 with an RBI but was caught stealing twice in Friday's loss to the Astros. Starting at third base and batting ninth, Vargas had another good showing at the plate, but it was his misadventures on the basepaths that stood out in a 5-3 loss. He was picked off at second base by Justin Verlander and caught in a rundown in the third inning, then was thrown out trying to steal second base in the eighth. Vargas is batting .323 (10-for-31) with a 5:3 BB:K through 11 games and has been seeing semi-regular playing time around the infield, but Friday's performance won't endear him to manager Dave Martinez.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: On base four times Monday

    Vargas went 1-for-2 with three walks, a double, a run scored and two RBI in Monday's win over the Giants. Getting the start at shortstop with CJ Abrams (finger) sidelined, Vargas continued a hot start to the season that has seen him go 7-for-20 (.350) with three doubles, three RBI, three runs, a stolen base and an impressive 5:2 BB:K. The 32-year-old utility player has already seen action at four different positions this season -- four games at second base, three at shortstop, and one each at third base and left field -- and even once Abrams returns to the lineup, Vargas might see more playing time than expected as long as he's contributing at the plate.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Swipes bag Wednesday

    Vargas went 1-for-2 with a double, an RBI and a stolen base in Wednesday's win over the Pirates. The utility player pinch ran for Victor Robles (hamstring) in the second inning and stayed in the game to play left field, picking up his first RBI, first extra-base hit and first steal of 2024. Vargas has appeared in three games so far and done so at three different positions, also seeing action at second base and third base. His most consistent path to playing time will come as Luis Garcia's platoon partner at the keystone, but after he saw a career-high 286 plate appearances in 2023, Vargas might be headed for an even bigger role this season while bouncing all over the diamond. Whether the 32-year-old does anything with the opportunity is another question, though -- he has a career .248/.289/.368 slash line in the majors.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Should open season in utility role

    Vargas appears set as the Nationals' primary utility infielder to begin the season. A big spring from prospect Trey Lipscomb created some drama toward the end of camp as to who would claim the final roster spots, but Vargas' job seems secure after Lipscomb was reassigned to minor-league camp Tuesday. With Luis Garcia and Nick Senzel both question marks at second base and third base, Vargas could see more playing time than expected in the early going, but he offers little fantasy upside after slashing .252/.304/.363 over 286 plate appearances for the Nats in 2023.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Sitting again Saturday

    Vargas isn't in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against Atlanta, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Vargas will remain on the bench for the second straight game Saturday after going hitless in his last two contests. Carter Kieboom will once again start at third base and bat seventh.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Out of Friday's lineup

    Vargas isn't in the Nationals' lineup Friday against Atlanta. After putting together a four-game hitting streak last week, Vargas has since gone 0-for-6 with three strikeouts over his last two games. He'll hit the bench Friday with Carter Kieboom starting at third base and batting sixth.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Avoids arbitration with Nationals

    Vargas and the Nationals avoided arbitration Wednesday by agreeing to a one-year contract for 2024. Vargas is making $975,000 this season and should get a little salary bump for 2024. The 32-year-old utility player has a career-high 280 plate appearances with the Nats in 2023, producing a .245/.299/.354 batting line with four home runs. Vargas does not have options left, so he figures to head into next season in a reserve role for the Nationals.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Not starting Game 1

    Vargas is out of the lineup for Game 1 of Sunday's doubleheader versus Atlanta, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Vargas has an .821 OPS through 14 games in September and will take a seat for Sunday's matinee. Carter Kieboom is starting at the hot corner and batting seventh.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Resting Thursday

    Vargas isn't in the Nationals' lineup Thursday against Atlanta, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports. Although the switch-hitting Vargas holds a .773 OPS against left-handed pitchers this season, he'll get a day off against Max Fried on Thursday. Carter Kieboom will start at third base instead while batting fifth.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: On bench Monday

    Vargas is out of the lineup for Monday's game against the White Sox, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports. The Nationals have been running a three-headed timeshare at third base of late, with Vargas, Carter Kieboom and Jake Alu having now made two starts apiece at the position over the past six games. Alu seems to have the most stable playing-time outlook of the three, as he'll now make his third straight start in left field in place of the slumping Travis Blankenhorn. The lack of consistent at-bats for either Vargas or Kieboom makes both players tough to rely upon, even in NL-only leagues.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Sitting third straight

    Vargas isn't in the Nationals' lineup Saturday against the Marlins, Mark Zuckerman of MASNSports.com reports. Vargas has now missed three consecutive starts for the Nationals after starting nearly every game in August. Jake Alu will start again at second base and Travis Blankenhorn will man left field.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Takes seat Thursday

    Vargas isn't in the Nationals' lineup Thursday against Miami, Bobby Blanco of MASNSports.com reports. Although Vargas is slashing .268/.294/.476 against left-handed pitchers this season, he'll retreat to the bench against Braxton Garrett and the Marlins on Thursday. Michael Chavis will fill in at the keystone and bat seventh.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Belts fourth homer

    Vargas went 2-for-4 with a home run, four RBI and two runs in Friday's win over the Athletics. The veteran utility man tied his career high in RBI with the performance, which was highlighted by a three-run homer off Sam Long in the seventh inning -- Vargas' fourth homer of the year. The 32-year-old switch hitter has emerged as the Nationals' starting third baseman in the wake of the Jeimer Candelario trade, and he's been surprisingly productive in the role. Vargas is batting just .250 (8-for-32) so far in August, but he has nine RBI and a .531 SLG thanks to three doubles and two homers.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Sits after three straight starts

    Vargas is out of the lineup for Sunday's game against the Rangers, Andrew Golden of The Washington Post reports. Vargas started in all of the Nationals' last three games and produced exactly one base hit in each of those contests to bring his hitting streak up to six games. The Nationals faced left-handed starting pitchers in each of those last three contests, but Vargas will find himself on the bench Sunday versus Rangers right-hander Dane Dunning. Vargas looks as though he'll be limited to a short-side platoon role for the foreseeable future.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Swats second homer

    Vargas went 2-for-4 with a double and a two-run home run in Sunday's loss to the Phillies. He took Connor Brodgon deep in the ninth inning for a somewhat meaningless blow in an 11-3 rout. Vargas continues to be used sparingly and has only 52 plate appearances on the season, but the veteran utility player has produced a .320/.333/.540 slash line with two homers, nine runs and 10 RBI when he's gotten into the lineup.
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  • Nationals' Ildemaro Vargas: Pops second homer

    Vargas went 2-for-4 with a two-run home run in Sunday's win over the Tigers. Getting a rare start at shortstop and batting seventh, Vargas took Joey Wentz deep in the third inning for his second homer of the year. The 31-year-old utility player has been productive when called upon -- he's made seven appearances in May and produced four multi-hit performances, batting .458 (11-for-24) on the month with seven RBI.
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