Dodgers Sign Claudio Vargas By Tim Dierkes | December 31, 2008 at 9:03am CDT According to Dylan Hernandez of the L.A. Times, the Dodgers signed pitcher Claudio Vargas to an incentive-laden, one-year deal. He’ll earn $400K and has $1.4MM in incentives. Vargas, 30, spent 2008 in the Mets’ organization. He pitched 85.3 innings across various levels, dealing with elbow pain at one point. He’d been released by the Brewers in March.