The San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals were teams mentioned here as potential players for Giancarlo Stanton, but word out of the Miami Marlins clubhouse is that they wouldn’t be surprised if the Boston Red Sox make a big play for him.
“They need the power,” one NL exec surmised.
That definitely appeared to be the case with the loss of David Ortiz to retirement this season. Boston hit the ninth-most home runs in baseball in 2016 and had the majors’ best OPS; those ranks dropped to 27th and 22nd, respectively, in 2017.
Stanton doesn’t want to go through a rebuild, as he made clear here. And this would seem to be the time to trade him, with the Marlins looking to pare their payroll to around $85 million or so.
Stanton is coming off a 59-homer season (even in a big year for home runs, he led the NL by 20, with rookie Cody Bellinger finishing second). The Giants were reported here to be the biggest pursuer, with the Cardinals and Phillies among those in the mix. But no one should be shocked if the Red Sox are involved, too. Stanton’s biggest interest is in playing for a winner, and one teammate thought he’d prefer one of the two coasts if given the choice. Since he has a full no-trade clause, his preferences matter.
Should the Red Sox make a deal for Stanton, they could in theory move current right fielder Mookie Betts over to center field or, though less likely, back to his original second base position should Dustin Pedroia’s persistent knee issues continue to plague him.
It seems likely that the cost-cutting Marlins will look to trade Stanton first, and if they can’t find a fit, they’d have to look at their less-expensive stars in potential trade scenarios.
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