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MLB Rumors: Giancarlo Stanton to the Boston Red Sox a trade that makes sense?


The Miami Marlins seemingly traded all of their top talent before the 2013 season. Everybody except Giancarlo Stanton, that is.

From the moment they retained him on the roster the trade rumors have been relentless. Every single team in baseball could use a young, elite, right-handed slugger who is under team control through 2017, after all. But not even the Marlins and their baffling tactics were willing to trade such a rare player.

Nothing came of those rumors and the Marlins recently expressed interesting in signing Stanton to an extension. Until such a deal is done, though, the trade rumors will continue. Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe offers what he believes to be a plausible trade partner this morning: none other than the Boston Red Sox.

Numerous teams would be in the hunt for Stanton, including the Cubs, Tigers, Angels, Dodgers, Phillies, Yankees, Mets, Giants, Twins, and Mariners. You’d have to give up top young players, and then sign Stanton to a huge long-term deal.

But in reality, the team that matches up best with Miami is Boston. The Red Sox have the young players Miami wants and they have the financial resources to sign him.”

What would that trade look like? Cafardo offers the following possibilities:

Assuming the Red Sox would put Xander Bogaerts and Henry Owens on their no-trade list, the Marlins have always liked Will Middlebrooks and certainly feel Garin Cecchini is a top prospect. Add one of them to a package of Matt Barnes,Christian VazquezJackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts? Would that be enough? Would that be too much for the Sox to give up?”

The answers to those last two questions will remain fluid based on Stanton’s production and health. 2013 was a down year for him in both regards, but you are still talking about a 24-year-old with 117 career home runs and a career .889 OPS. You have to go pretty crazy before any team is giving up “too much” in a trade to land him.

Tags: Boston Red Sox Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins

  • Michael Macaulay-Birks

    Let’s see if the kid can stay healthy before going all in … That’s quite a haul of prospects for Stanton IMO

    • Hayden Kane

      It is, for sure. And it sounds like the Marlins will still try to sign him to an extension, something that might actually be possible since his production has been down a bit. It should be interesting.

    • Willy

      The Red Sox would never offer all of those prospects & the original writer (Nick Cafardo) never looked at the Marlins system to see what they really need/ would want in return, making the whole article worthless.

  • Crusader10

    So the deal is: Assuming the Red Sox would put Xander Bogaerts and Henry Owens on their no-trade list, the Marlins have always liked Will Middlebrooks and certainly feel Garin Cecchini is a top prospect. Add one of them to a package of Matt Barnes,Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts? Would that be enough? Would that be too much for the Sox to give up?” Barnes, Vazquez , Bradley, Betts AND Middlebrooks or Cecchini? Carfado should be drug tested if he thinks that is a good deal for the Sox.

  • Lee Tanner

    LOL. What a shock. A Boston writer thinks only the Red Sox can make the best deal.

  • Dave P

    “Assuming the Red Sox would put Xander Bogaerts and Henry Owens on their no-trade list, the Marlins have always liked Will Middlebrooks and certainly feel Garin Cecchini is a top prospect. Add one of them to a package of Matt Barnes, Christian Vazquez, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Mookie Betts? Would that be enough? ”

    Could Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton end up with Red Sox? – Sports – The Boston Globe

    Would Sox give up FIVE Top 20 Prospects??

    According to 2014 SoxProspects.com
    #2 J Bradley…#4 Garin Cecchini…#6 Matt Barnes…#10 Mookie Betts…and # 13 Christian Vazquez…??

    Not a chance!! Bradley will play CF for the next 6 years…Cecchini had a .443 OBP in the minors last year…and is one of a VERY small group of hitters who had MORE WALKS than K’s in 2013…and could start at 3B in 2015…Barnes will be in the Starting rotation for at least 6 years starting in 2015…Vazquez will play in the Majors this year and will be part of a platoon for YEARS to come…and Mookie had an OBP of .417 in the Minors last year…SIX years times FIVE players would be THIRTY YEARS of cost controlled players…all to sign one player for 20+ million per year…what is Cafardo thinking? Thank God Ben is running the team…

    • Willy

      There is little doubt the Sox like Stanton, think of him as the next Manny R. but there is no way in Haiti they would ever offer all of that AND Nick wrote the names w/o looking at the Marlins system to see what they would want/need, making the whole article pointless.

  • Willy

    A trade for Stanton has always made sense for the Sox but Nick Cafardo’s article (what he said they would offer) makes ZERO sense. First of all what he said the Sox would have to OR should offer was done w/o any thought process at all. He never looked at the Marlins system before simply throwing names into the air, sorry it doesnt work that way. IF the Marlins ever thought of trading their Only attraction they would want to fill holes in their prospect pool and/or their major league roster. Of course the Marlins would want pitching (though they have several good SP’s coming), thats a no-brainer but they have a 3rd base prospect who projects to be better than Middlebrooks so…
    I dont have my notes with me but if I remember correctly they would want Betts too but the 1 thing the Sox cant offer in return, that the Marlins should want is a solid OF’r (preferrably with either Power and/or speed). Secondly the Sox cannot offer up JBjr, they have no replacement. They also cannot offer Vazquez up, they Love him & want him in their lineup next season. I will say however that the Sox have more of the pieces the Marlins would look for, more so than almost any other team.