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Braves could non-tender Matt Adams


Braves first baseman Matt Adams is entering his third and final year of arbitration eligibility.’s Mark Bowman suggests the club could consider non-tendering him if he can’t be traded ahead of Friday’s 8 PM ET arbitration decision deadline.

Adams, 29, filled in admirably for the Braves — coming over from the Cardinals — at first base after Freddie Freeman fractured his wrist. He hit .271/.315/.543 with 19 home runs and 58 RBI in 314 plate appearances. Obviously, with Freeman expected to be fully healthy for spring training, Adams is now the odd man out. He can play in the outfield, but his defense leaves a lot to be desired — he’s still just a 1B/DH type.

Adams is projected by MLB Trade Rumors to earn $4.6 million in arbitration this offseason. The Braves already have nearly $98 million committed for the 2018 season, so paying close to $5 million for a bench player wouldn’t be the most optimal use of resources.

Given how obvious it is that Adams doesn’t fit on the Braves, teams interested in his bat will likely wait to see if the Braves do non-tender him. In that case, Adams would become a free agent and would be had for cash alone, as opposed to minor leaguers sent in a trade.

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.