The Boston Red Sox were busy at the MLB trade deadline but they didn’t get everyone they were rumored to be after.
It was a historic haul for the Red Sox, as they picked up new roster pieces like Allen Craig, Joe Kelly and most notably Yoenis Cespedes. But the Miami Marlins slugger that they were after earlier in the season was a name that came up in rumors circles but never ended up being asked about in reality by Boston.
According to Rob Bradford of WEEI.com, the Red Sox may have been rumored as being interested in Giancarlo Stanton but never made a formal inquiry about him, even when the Marlins were talking about a Jon Lester trade — a trade ultimately made with another team that landed the Red Sox a player very similar to him.
According to a major league source, despite the strong interest from the Marlins regarding Jon Lester leading into the non-waiver trade deadline, the Red Sox never engaged Miami in talks for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Boston ended up having a pretty nice haul anyways, even without Stanton being mentioned in trade talks. The bottom line is, they got a very similar player in Yoenis Cespedes who may end up staying in Boston a lot longer than Stanton might have had he been traded before the deadline.
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