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Reds claim Kennys Vargas off waivers

The Twins have lost first baseman/DH Kennys Vargas to waivers. The Reds have picked up the big slugger from the waiver wire, the team announced Thursday.

In his career with the Twins, Vargas hit .252/.311/.437 with 35 homers in 859 plate appearances.

Vargas, who will be 28 this summer, has been exceptionally friendly with media members in four seasons with the Twins. He’s a former undrafted free agent from Puerto Rico and has hit his way into 236 big leagues games since his debut in 2014.

Last season Vargas was back and forth between the Majors and Triple-A Rochester. Between the two levels he hit 20 home runs in 419 at-bats in 2017. He’s a career .252/.311/.437 hitter with 35 homers in the big leagues. Those offensive numbers weren’t enough to convince the Twins to pass on the chance to sign Morrison on what appears to be a very affordable contract.

The Reds already have a first baseman — Joey Votto — and they can’t use the DH spot unless they’re playing in an American League park.





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