By now, if you haven’t been caught up in Stranger Things 2 or worrying more about Donald Trump’s tweets, you would know that the Boston Red Sox have real interest in Giancarlo Stanton. The Red Sox have both the pockets and the players to make a deal happen. With the Miami Marlins in desperation mode to trim down payroll, who better to make a deal with than the Sox?
The Sox love what Stanton brings to the table. His power bat (59 homeruns last season) would play pepper with the Green Monster. Stanton’s power is always well on display.
Position Player Bait
The Sox should be unwilling to trade any of Betts, Andrew Benintendi, or Rafael Devers. Breaking that core trio would be detrimental to the future of the Sox offense. The Marlins would definitely like at least 1 veteran in the haul return that they’d get for Stanton. Jackie Bradley Jr. and Xander Bogaerts would fit under this category. JBJ has a tremendous arm and glove that would fit at any of the 3 outfield positions. He would slot in for Stanton’s place in Miami’s defensive alignment.
Boagerts is an all-star caliber shortstop who would slot in for the Marlins comfortably. The left side of the infield has been a weakness for the Marlins, so they would gladly receive him with open arms. Both JBJ and Bogaerts would be making just a percentage of what Stanton’s salary is. One of the 2 is a must go player in the trade.
Pitching and Farm System
Along with one of the 2, pitchers/prospects must go Miami’s way. The first that comes to mind is Eduardo Rodriguez. He’s a young, controllable lefty who projects as a top end of the rotation starter. The Marlins had a poor rotation after the sudden tragic death of Jose Fernandez left them without an ace. Picking up Rodriguez would be a huge boost to their potential rotation.
Picking up a good offensive piece along with Rodriguez would likely fall short of the Marlins asking needs. Although his contract is astronomical, a player of Stanton’s stature will still require a decent return in players and prospects. The Sox #1 prospect Jay Groome would likely head that way and I would guess pitcher Mike Shawaryn (Sox #5 Prospect) would also be thrown in the trade. Another lower level prospect in the form of Chad De la Guerra, who can play both 2nd base and shortstop.
Boston Red Sox get:
Miami Marlins get:
Jackie Bradley Jr./Xander Bogaerts
Chad De La Guerra
Sweeten the Deal
Although the main catch would be Giancarlo Stanton, it would be a smart move to try and pry away Dee Gordon from them as well. Gordon can play both 2nd base and shortstop and would fill in for Dustin Pedroia, who will be out for the first few months of the season. It shouldn’t cost much more to get him from them, but it would be a smart move to acquire a speed demon who plays solid defense at multiple positions.
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