SAN FRANCISCO —When news broke that the Miami Marlins were willing to shop slugger Giancarlo Stanton, few were surprised when the San Francisco Giants came knocking. Stanton is coming off of a historic NL MVP campaign in which he almost reached the 60-homer plateau.
No player on the Giants roster hit more than 18 home runs last season, and as a club, the Orange and Black finished at the bottom of the table with 128 total home runs in 2017.
Adding insult to injury, the corner outfield spots were particular issues for the Giants. Here’s how their stats compared to those of Stanton:
- RF: .255/.306/.354, 15 HR
- LF: .246/.299/.367, 11 HR
- Stanton: .281/.376/.631, 59 HR
Friday, the Giants officially made their offer for Stanton, with the Cardinals and Red Sox expected to follow suit. Sunday, in an interview with MLB Network Radio, Giants general manager Bobby Evans spoke in more detail at the possibilities and odds of getting a deal done to land the 28-year-old phenom.
“The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they’ll approach the player,” Evans said. “I don’t think they would be talking to us if they didn’t think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven’t given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we’re very early in the process.”
The most complicated part of getting a deal like this done, as with everything else, is going to be the money — Stanton is guaranteed a total of $295 million over the next 10 seasons. Additionally, Stanton’s contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after the 2020 season.
What will it take for the deal to be done? Evans says the Marlins haven’t made it too clear, yet.
“We don’t have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are.”