The Red Sox and Marlins outfielder, Giancarlo Stanton, seem to be a match made in heaven.
The highly-touted outfielder is coming off of a season in which he mashed nearly 60 home runs and is an NL MVP finalist.
The elephant in the room, in regards to a potential trade, is the massive 10 year / 300 million dollar extension that the Marlins signed Stanton to.
New Marlins owner, Derek Jeter, has made it very clear that he intends to shed some of the salary that he inherited – including his prized outfielder. Since making him available, the Red Sox, Cardinals, and Giants have all been linked in potential trades.
In order for the Red Sox to acquire a player of Stanton’s caliber, they would need to part with a king’s ransom. A trade would likely include a Major League-ready player (Xander Bogaerts / Eduardo Rodriguez / Jackie Bradley Jr), and multiple highly touted prospects (Michael Chavis / Jay Groome / Bobby Dalbec).
A trade of this magnitude would be highly unreasonable considering the drastic change in talent over the past few seasons:
- Anderson Espinoza was a top-5 prospect before being sent to the Padres for Drew Pomeranz.
- Manuel Margot was a top-10 prospect who was sent to San Diego in exchange for Craig Kimbrel.
- Michael Kopech / Yoan Moncada were both top-5 prospects that were sent to Chicago for Chris Sale.
The Red Sox farm system was once regarded as the best in baseball before acquiring some much-needed reinforcements.
Dave Dombrowski’s decision to package all of this talent in exchange for an all star with a massive contract could set the Red Sox farm system back for years.
So, how could Stanton realistically arrive in Boston?
The answer is seldom-seen, but extremely practical in this scenario – a three team deal.
Here is my proposal:
Miami Marlins receive:
- Michael Chavis (Red Sox #2 prospect)
- Jalen Beeks (Red Sox #16 prospect)
- Tyler Beede (Giants #3 prospect)
- Shaun Anderson (Giants #16 prospect)
San Francisco Giants receive:
- Jackie Bradley Jr
- Dee Gordon
Boston Red Sox receive:
- Giancarlo Stanton
Red Sox fans put down the pitch forks for just a moment.
Jackie Bradley Jr has been a mainstay in the Red Sox lineup for a few years, but inconsistency with his bat has hindered him from reaching his full potential. At times, the Red Sox center fielder looks like an MVP candidate, while other times looking like a AAA hitter.
Bradley’s primary strength is his glove. He makes outstanding plays in center and will surely win a Gold Glove at some point in his career. The Giants have already inquired on Bradley’s availability and would be the perfect fit to play the difficult outfield dimensions in San Francisco.
The primary issue here is that he is represented by Scott Boras. The translation is, he’s going to demand a lot of money when he needs to be resigned.
Xander Bogaerts is also a Boras client and will warrant the same monetary commitment.
Essentially, Xander plays a premium position. Shortstops are not easy to come by, especially those with his skill set. If the Red Sox need to choose, it would be wise to retain their young shortstop.
In addition to receiving Stanton, the Red Sox would take on the massive contract.
This package is not mind-blowing from the Marlins’ perspective, but they receive two prospects that are well-regarded in Beede and Chavis, while receiving two other pitchers with upside.
Ultimately, Derek Jeter will be thrilled to fully rid himself of Stanton’s contract.
Three team deals are rare in Major League Baseball, but this deal makes a lot of sense for all three involved.