MLB Rumors: Marlins Talking Giancarlo Stanton Trade With These Four Teams

MLB Rumors: Marlins Talking Giancarlo Stanton Trade With These Four Teams

"They're definitely in play", said the major-league source about the Red Sox, according to the newspaper. Red Sox owner John Henry and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed as much last week. According to a November 9 report by FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are "believed to be the team the Marlins would most like to make a deal" for Stanton, citing the organization's top pitching prospects in Alex Reyes, Sandy Alcantara and Jack Flaherty.

The first is whether or not Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, wants to even play in Boston. The Red Sox, of course, are just one of many teams interested in acquiring the reigning Major League Baseball home run king, with the Cardinals, Phillies and Giants already known to have had preliminary talks with the Marlins.

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Historically, Dombrowski likes to think big, and the Marlins have conducted business with him in the past, most notably the 2007 blockbuster in which they traded Miguel Cabrera to Detroit. The Giants would also have to shed quite a lot of money off their payroll, as Stanton's contract ($25 million in 2018) would take them well past the $197 million luxury tax threshold next season, if he does join them. Most recently, the 28-year-old was the regular-season home run leader with 59. Other teams could be in the mix as well, or enter the fray later. In eight seasons, he has already hit 267 home runs. Like the Cardinals, they also have their eyes on other players, J.D. Martinez for example (the Cardinals are looking into Jackie Bradley Jr. of Boston), but remain in touch with the Marlins, perhaps only doing their due diligence. However, the Red Sox could sign him without giving up top prospects.

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