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AL Central Notes: Jason Vargas drawing interest, Ian Kinsler injury

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Here’s the latest from around the American League Central.

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Royals lefty Jason Vargas is drawing a notable amount of interest and could be traded in advance of the non-waiver trade deadline, according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe.

Vargas, 34, has pitched well with Kansas City to this point, pitching to a 2.30 ERA and 2.95 FIP over 54.2 innings. Despite his 5-3 record, Vargas’ performance in nine starts might make him a valuable trade chip.

Vargas is making $8 million this season, which could be considered comparably inexpensive given his production.

Here’s the latest from around the American League Central:

  • Corey Kluber is projected to start with the Indians on Thursday, which is good news for the club.

  • The Tigers placed Ian Kinsler on the disabled list with a hamstring injury.

  • Adam Engel is getting an opportunity with the White Sox, which might end up being valuable for Chicago.