The rumor mill surrounding Miami Marlins’ slugger, Giancarlo Stanton, has taken Major League Baseball by storm in the early going this offseason, and for good reason. The 28-year-old Stanton is the most dynamic player available on the market this offseason, and several teams are starting to line up for a potential mega trade for him.
According to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, the Boston Red Sox are among the group of teams said to be interested in Stanton, including the San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals.
That report may as well be followed with a resounding, “No duh”. The Red Sox are not just a big-market team with a large payroll, but they are a big-market team with a large payroll whom are desperate for a dominant, middle-of-the-order power bat. Ever since famed Boston slugger, David Ortiz, retired after the 2016 season the Red Sox have been searching for the next big bat to try and fill his shoes. Stanton would be a great fit for a team whose fan base is clamoring for an injection of excitement after another disappointing first-round playoff exit.
The obvious x-factor in all of this is whether or not Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause in his contract, would accept a potential trade to Boston. However, as MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported, Stanton has given the Marlins a list of teams that he would accept a trade to. Given that the Red Sox are said to be, “currently engaged” in talks with Miami then it is safe to say that they are on that list of approved teams. The caveat when it comes to athletes and these types of lists is that they tend to be dynamic and can often change as the negotiations move forward. At any moment Stanton can decide, for whatever reason, that he does not want to play in Boston and strike down a potential trade.
Assuming that Stanton does not change his mind then the Red Sox should have every reason to pursue a trade for the young slugger. While Boston does not hold the advantage as it pertains to potential young talent they could give up they do have an advantage because of their massive payroll. The Red Sox can take on most, if not all, of Stanton’s behemoth contract, which will be appealing to the Miami Marlins.
Boston’s biggest competition in the payroll battle will come from the Los Angeles Dodgers, whom have also been mentioned as a potential landing spot for Stanton. Nevertheless, taking on Stanton’s contract is the best play for the Red Sox if they want a chance at trading for Stanton. The San Francisco Giants reportedly are the leaders to get Stanton, as they’d take on his entire contract, according to Craig Mish of Sirius XM.
There is another reason, besides the need for more power in the line-up, as to why the Red Sox should pursue Stanton. According to Alex Reimer of WEEI, the Red Sox TV ratings were down a whopping 15% in 2017. While the total number is still pretty decent, particularly for a big market like Boston, it is still a red flag when it comes to overall interest in the team.
In 2017 the Red Sox were division winners and were led by one of the most exciting pitchers in the game of baseball, Chris Sale. Despite that, however, fans were less interested in the team this past season. The time-tested phrase of, “Chicks dig the long ball” still holds true. The Red Sox finished 27th in the league in home runs as a team, and it affected them on the field and in the TV ratings.
The Red Sox can kill the proverbial two birds with one stone by acquiring Giancarlo Stanton. He would add a tremendous power bat in the middle of a strong line-up, and he would bring immediate fireworks to a fanbase that is starving for a dynamic player to cheer for.