After signing as a free agent on April 11,2008 right-handed pitcher Claudio Vargas made his Met debut on May 14 against the Washington Nationals. Despite allowing just two runs and three hits over 6 1/3 innings he lost the game. Vargas would start three more games for the Mets before being moved to the bullpen. At the time of the move his record was 2-2. He appeared in seven games out of the bullpen before being demoted to the minors. Vargas finished the season pitching for the New Orleans Zephyrs, the Mets triple A affiliate,
Following the season Claudio Vargas signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Dodgers. In 11 games for the Mets Vargas was 3-2 with 4.62 ERA.
While with the Mets Vargas wore number 39.
Claudio Vargas also played for the following teams:
Montreal Expos – 2003,2004
Arizona Diamondbacks – 2005,2006
Washington Nationals – 2005
Milwaukee Brewers – 2007,2009,2010
Los Angeles Dodgers – 2009