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

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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.

Gallegos agrees to $11M, 2-year contract with Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS – Reliever Giovanny Gallegos and the St. Louis Cardinals agreed Monday to an $11 million, two-year contract, a deal that includes a club option for 2025 and escalators that could make it worth $20.5 million over three seasons.

The 31-year-old right-hander is 3-5 with a 2.91 ERA and 14 saves in 20 chances this season. He has 72 strikeouts and 15 walks in 58 2/3 innings.

“I feel so happy,” Gallegos said Monday before the Cardinals played the Pirates in Pittsburgh. “I don’t have the word for exactly how I’m feeling.”

He was obtained from the Yankees in July 2018 along with left-hander Chasen Shreve in the trade that sent first baseman Luke Voit to New York. Gallegos is 14-15 with a 3.02 ERA and 34 saves in six major league seasons.

Gallegos gets a $500,000 signing bonus and salaries of $4.5 million next year and $5.5 million in 2024. St. Louis has a $6.5 million team option for 2025 with a $500,000 buyout.

His 2025 option price can increase by up to $3.5 million for games finished in 2024: $500,000 each for 20-25 and 26-30 and 31-35, and $1 million apiece for 36-40 and 41 or more.

He would get $250,000 for winning the Rivera/Hoffman reliever of the year award, $50,000 for All-Star selection and World Series MVP and $25,000 for League Championship Series MVP.

Gallegos has a $2.41 million salary this year.

He was eligible for salary arbitration and is potentially eligible for free agency after the 2024 season.