There’s nothing predictable about the Red Sox this year. They are positioned for yet another blockbuster trade — perhaps a Giancarlo Stanton trade. So who’s to say they won’t make it happen?
While they have clearly forgotten about a 2014 World Series, it appears they have their sights firmly set on 2015. Trading for Stanton would unite some of the most talented, young outfielders in the MLB. Perhaps that’s saying too much about Cuban prospect Rusney Castillo, but then again, the Red Sox paid him like he’s going to be better than Yasiel Puig.
So, in short, a Stanton-Castillo-Yoenis Cespedes outfield would be legit.
If the Sox managed a deal with the Miami Marlins, then it would also mean the Sox are willing to sign Stanton to a long-term deal — something CSN New England Insider Jimmy Tuscano said the Marlins will likely be unable to do. The trade would only be worthwhile if the Sox planned to retain Stanton.
Tuscano thinks that Stanton would come at a high price, but it’s something the Sox would be willing to pay. They’ve got the assets. He writes about possible trade components.
Xander Bogaerts and Henry Owens remain at the top, but are the Sox willing to part ways with them? You’d have to think those are the two closest to untouchable in the organization.
Mookie Betts has become very expendable with the addition of Rusney Castillo, and would almost certainly go in a package to Miami. Christian Vazquez has excelled behind the plate since being called up earlier this season…
Boston has way too many outfielders, and if they are to bring on Stanton, that’ll be yet another. It’s not out of the realm of possibility for the Sox to include Yoenis Cespedes in a deal to Miami, as the Cuban-born player would be a fan favorite there.