The Boston Red Sox executed a number of moves at the trade deadline to establish flexibility within their payroll, and add pieces to their crop in the minors.
Red Sox general manager, Ben Cherington, has conceded the 2014 season – which case, that’s the right frame of mind – and is looking ahead to next year.
But before Boston sets sail on their 2015 campaign, could Cherington make a splash this winter and nab a big fish? Yes, and I’m talking about Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton, who still has arbitration years ahead of him, will be 25 in November, and is in line to receive a massive long-term deal; however, Marlins’ brass is reportedly slightly pessimistic a compromise between the two sides won’t come to fruition, according to CBS Sports baseball insider Jon Heyman.
So, does that little piece of news detail the Red Sox picking up the phone and making a call down to area code 315? Heyman seems to think so.
While on 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak Tuesday, Heyman had this to say:
“I think Boston is looking ultimately for Giancarlo Stanton. And hopefully in their mind will package some of their young players to get him.
I think [Middlebrooks] is a potential trading chip and he needs to show that he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago and perform at that level. He’s a big, right-handed power hitter that’s cost efficient and has good value as long as he’s producing.
I do see right field as a spot where Boston – and they’re not the only ones – and the Dodgers will be two of the most aggressive in looking for Giancarlo Stanton to be their right fielder.”
Heyman mentions Will Middlebrooks, who certainly could eventually be apart of a package that lands Stanton, but Boston has a ton of outfield prospects to entice Miami, and young up-and-comers in general to appeal to Marlins’ GM Dan Jennings.
Mookie Betts, Brock Holt, Jackie Bradley Jr., Brandon Workman – the list drags on-and-on in terms of building blocks for the Marlins to pick and choose. And now that Boston has shipped most of their players who had bloated salaries at the deadline, the Red Sox will be a club who can offer Stanton that lucrative contract.
As Heyman said though, the Dodgers will probably make a pitch, and, perhaps, maybe the Seattle Mariners could join in on the Stanton sweepstakes.
Despite other teams inevitably jumping into Stanton discussion, with the way it looks, Boston has to be the frontrunner, should Stanton become available.