Posted on November 11, 2017, by Bryan Zarpentine
The baseball offseason is less than two weeks old and already there have been multiple twists and turns related to the Miami Marlins trading outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Just a few days ago, it was reported that the Marlins may prefer to trade him to the St. Louis Cardinals. However, the latest reports have Stanton connected to the Boston Red Sox.
A report from the Miami Herald cites a major league source in saying that talks between the Marlins and Red Sox “may be heating up.” That source goes on to say that the Red Sox are “definitely in play” as it relates to Stanton.
The fact that the Red Sox are interested in Stanton is nothing new. It’s long been speculated that Boston would be looking for some lineup help this winter. The Red Sox hit the fewest home runs in baseball last season. While their young outfield trio of Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Andrew Benintendi is incredibly athletic, they don’t necessarily produce above-average power numbers. Stanton could change that in a hurry. He hit 59 home runs this past season and could hit even more if he played half his games at Fenway Park.
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If the Red Sox were to acquire Stanton, they would have four outfielders who are legitimate everyday players. They would likely have to use the DH spot for one of those outfielders. That’s not to say Stanton would be a full-time DH, as the Red Sox could rotate those four in the DH spot to help keep them fresh.
Such a scenario would force the Red Sox to make Hanley Ramirez their everyday first baseman. Ramirez spent very little time at first base in 2017 because of a nagging shoulder injury. But the Red Sox believe he’ll be healthy enough to play first base regularly in 2018.
The biggest caveat for any team trading for Stanton is taking on his massive contract. The Marlins are likely to take on some of the money left on Stanton’s contract, but not all of it. In the case of the Red Sox, money may not be an issue. Reports indicate that Boston could be willing to go above the luxury tax threshold if it means adding a power hitter like Stanton.
Stanton would also be able to veto any trade. But if Stanton is hesitant to go to Boston, the Red Sox could convince him to reconsider. Stanton reportedly prefers to stay on either coast, which Boston would accommodate. The Red Sox also have a winning tradition, finishing atop the AL East the past two seasons. With that in mind, the Red Sox should be considered a viable destination for Stanton, perhaps even more than St. Louis.
Of course, it’s important to keep in mind that nothing is imminent with Stanton being traded anywhere. In addition to the Cardinals and the Red Sox, the Phillies and Giants have also been in contact with the Marlins, according to recent reports. There’s still a long way to go until anything with Stanton is decided. But at the moment, the Red Sox appear to have serious interest in acquiring him.