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Report: Marlins agree to “general framework” of Giancarlo Stanton trade with Cardinals, Giants


The Marlins have been inching toward a trade for outfielder and super-slugger Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, and MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reports that the club has agreed to a “general framework” for trade proposals from both the Giants and Cardinals. The agreement laid the groundwork for the meetings Stanton attended with the teams last week, and Morosi points out that they would have lost leverage if Stanton had accepted one deal over the other.

Stanton’s pool of suitors is thought to be as wide as five or six teams, but the Giants, Cardinals and Dodgers have emerged as the clear frontrunners so far. Neither the Giants nor the Cardinals are entirely certain that the outfielder would be willing to waive his full no-trade rights to make a deal work, however, and Morosi adds that Stanton has enough control over the situation that he could even postpone his final decision until next summer.

Both the Giants and Cardinals are well-positioned to make compelling cases: the Giants have reportedly offered to take on all of Stanton’s remaining $295 million salary and would greatly benefit from an upgraded outfield, while the Cardinals have excellent prospects to offer and could use a power bat to anchor the middle of their lineup. The slugger is still thought to favor the Dodgers, perhaps because of their recent success and proximity to his home in Los Angeles, but the team may be gun-shy after struggling to remain below the luxury tax threshold.

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.