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Derek Jeter is listening to offers, but has not yet talked to Giancarlo Stanton


New Miami Marlins CEO Derek Jeter showed up at his first ever owners meeting today and met the press. The only question on the press’ mind when it comes to the Marlins these days, of course, is what’s going to happen to slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who is on the trading block.

Jeter did not have much to say about that, apart from noting that the team is listening to trade offers on him. Jeter also said that he has not yet spoken with Stanton himself, but that president of baseball operations Michael Hill has been in contact. Given that Stanton must sign off on any trade due to his no-trade clause, and given that Jeter hasn’t talked to him yet, you have to assume that means the trade talks are not really advanced.

That Stanton will be traded seems like a foregone conclusion, though Jeter tried to muddy those waters a bit today:

“It’s an organization that’s been losing money for quite some time, so we have to turn that around . . . it’s easy to point the finger at [Stanton], because he makes the most money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the move that’s going to be made.”

If Jeter’s goal is to save the Marlins a lot of money — and he’s on record saying that payroll must be radically reduced — there’s really no other way to do it. He’s dealing Stanton if he is able to. The dude is guaranteed $295 million over the remaining 10 years of his contract, though he has an opt-out after the 2020 season.

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.