Scott Boras is “trying to engage Mets ownership” on Stephen Drew and Kendrys Morales


ESPN’s Jerry Crasnick explains the situation over a series of tweets …

Drew has struggled to attract a healthy, active market this winter because signing him requires the forfeiture of a top draft pick. And the same goes for Morales. But the nice thing for Drew is that most major league teams could use an upgrade shortstop. Morales, a poor defender at first base who profiles much better as a designated hitter, will likely have a much tougher time finding a landing spot. Call him this year’s Kyle Lohse.

Jason Vargas fractured his non-pitching hand

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Mets left-hander Jason Vargas has a non-displaced fracture of the hamate bone in his right hand, the team announced Sunday. Vargas sustained the injury after taking a comebacker off of his hand on Friday and is expected to consult with a hand specialist later today as the team settles on a course of action. Comments from GM Sandy Alderson indicate that surgery is a possibility, though the left-hander may also pitch through it for the time being.

Vargas, 35, signed a two-year, $16 million pact with the team last month. He completed a four-year run with the Royals in 2017, earning his first career All-Star nomination with an 18-11 record in 32 starts and producing a 4.16 ERA, 2.9 BB/9 and 6.7 SO/9 over 179 2/3 innings. Prior to the incident, the southpaw was expected to help fill out the back end of the Mets’ Opening Day rotation.

Kristie Ackert of the New York Daily News estimates that Vargas will likely miss the start of the season as he faces a two- to six-week recovery period. It’s a disappointing turn of events for a pitching staff that has been absolutely ravaged by injuries over the last couple of years.