What would a potential Giancarlo Stanton trade look like for the #RedSox?

With the MLB season offically ending tonight or tomorrow night, I thought I’d preview something that should get a lot of people talking this winter: Giancarlo Stanton. From what I’ve seen, heard and read, it doesn’t look like the Marlins, led by Derek Jeter, are too keen on retaining Stanton going into 2018. With that said, it has been reported that the Marlins slugger would have several suitors in the trade market. The Giants, Dodgers, Cardinals, Phillies, and Yankees have all been rumored to be interested. The team that has garnered the most interest though, if not the Giants, would be the Boston Red Sox. President of Baseball Operations Dave Dombrowski is notorious for making big moves during the baseball offseason, and acquiring Stanton would be no different.

Stanton would join the likes of Craig Kimbrel and Chris Sale as big name players Dombrowski has acquired via trade just since joining the Red Sox in 2015. If Stanton were to come to Boston, what kind of package would that take to get him here? Since he is under contract until 2028, I would expect him to be here for the duration of that time. He has the option to opt out after 2020, but there is no reason to believe that will happen given how much Stanton will make after that. Up until this point, Stanton has not made more than $14.5 million in one season. Starting in 2018, Stanton will earn at least $25 million a year for the next ten seasons. With all this in mind, let’s go over some potential deals that could bring Stanton to Boston.

Deal #1:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Majority of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Midlevel prospect(s)

If the Marlins are more concerned about cutting payroll instead of reloading their farm system, this trade seems like a good option. The Red Sox take on most if not all of Stanton’s contract while also replacing Andrew Benintendi in the outfield. The Marlins also get a young outfielder who has already proven he can handle a place like Boston while also being a productive player. It’s too early to say if Benny is a guy a team can build around, but he’s a nice piece regardless.

Deal #2:
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Responsibility of half of Stanton’s contract

Marlins acquire:
Rafael Devers
Tanner Houck
Daniel Flores

If the Marlins are more concerned about restocking their farm system, then this trade could work. The Red Sox may have to give up more in this scenario, but at least they do not have to take on all of Stanton’s contract. The Marlins are also getting a future stud of  a third baseman to go along with two of the best prospects in the Red Sox farm system.

Deal #3
Red Sox acquire:
Giancarlo Stanton
Justin Bour
JT Realmuto

Marlins acquire:
Andrew Benintendi
Sam Travis
Christian Vazquez
Daniel Flores
Jalen Beeks
Bobby Dalbec

You wanna get nuts? I can get nuts. In this scenario, the Red Sox would be acquiring the three best players on last years Marlins team not named Yelich or Ozuna. Realmuto and Vazquez are essentially a wash, and Bour would take over as the every day first baseman with Travis and Moreland gone. The Red Sox would have to give up a lot more though, and this trade would elevate the Marlins farm system nicely.

Come December, some big moves could be made. On December 1, 2015, the Red Sox agreed to a deal with David Price, then the best starter on the free agent market. On December 6, 2016, the Red Sox acquired Chris Sale from the White Sox in a blockbuster trade. Will more of these big splashes happen in just over a month? We’ll have to wait and see.

Recapping All-Star Weekend from a #RedSox perspective.

The American League just beat the National League 2-1 in 10 innings. The 88th Midsummer Classic was dominated by the pitching, Chris Sale got the start, Craig Kimbrel got the win, and shout out to Robinson Cano for hitting the go-ahead home run in the top of the tenth.

Now let’s summarize the past three days from the perspective of the Red Sox.

Futures Game:

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Only one representative represented the Red Sox in this event, and that was third baseman Rafael Devers, the 20 year-old prospect currently playing for the Portland Sea Dogs at the Double A level. Devers played the entire game, going 1-4 with a single. Former Red Sox prospects also played in this game. This is the second time Devers has appeared in a Futures Game, so the hype is there. Michael Kopech, Yoan Moncada, and Mauricio Dubon all made appearances for the US and World teams, which was kind of depressing to watch. Moncada is one of my favorite players, so there’s bias there, but watching Kopech throw 100 MPH gas made me upset he was gone. Anyway, the US won 7-6.

Home Run Derby:

Nothing to report here, although Bryce Brentz, representing the Pawtucket Red Sox, won the Triple A Home Run Derby in Tacoma, Washington Monday night.

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All-Star Game:

Like I said up top, Chris Sale got the start in this one. Sale was a bit shaky, allowing three hits in the two innings he pitched, though he did strike out three. If Cano didn’t hit that home run, Sale could have won MVP, it was looking that way late in the game. Mookie Betts also got the start in center field. Despite not reaching base in either of his at-bats, Betts still had an impact. In the bottom of the fourth, Nolan Arenado tried to tag up from first on a fly out to Mookie Betts. Mookie was not having any of that, as he threw Arenado out from center with ease.

It took a while, but Craig Kimbrel got the ball for the botom of the ninth. Like Sale, Kimbrel was also a bit shaky, walking two in the inning. Luckily for Kimbrel, he got out of the inning without allowing the walk-off hit, and would eventually pick up the win.

It’s been a fun few days, now there’s time for a little rest, and it’s right back to the grind. Yankees up next on Friday, huge series, see you then, probably.

Here’s who I have in this year’s #ASG on the National League side.

Yesterday, I gave my picks for who I think will be an American League All-Star. Today, I’ll list who I think should represent the National League in this year’s Midsummer Classic in Miami. As I did yesterday, I’ll construct the rosters like the way they were in 2016.

Starting pitchers:
Sale vs. Scherzer

(No particular order)
Pitchers:
Clayton Kershaw
Carlos Martinez
Zack Greinke
Gio Gonzalez
Robbie Ray
Ivan Nova
Stephen Strasburg
Jacob deGrom

Relievers:
Kenley Jansen
Greg Holland
Wade Davis
Corey Knebel
Felipe Rivero

Starters:
C Buster Posey
1B Ryan Zimmerman
2B Daniel Murphy
3B Nolan Arenado
SS Zack Cozart
OF Bryce Harper
OF Marcell Ozuna
OF Charlie Blackmon

Reserves:
C Tyler Flowers
C JT Realmuto
1B Paul Goldschmidt
1B Joey Votto
2B Josh Harrison
3B Travis Shaw
3B Jake Lamb
SS Corey Seager
OF Adam Duvall
OF Giancarlo Stanton
OF Cody Bellinger

Potential snubs/ fan vote candidates:
1B Eric Thames
2B DJ LeMahieu
3B Justin Turner
SS Chris Owings
OF Jay Bruce

I know I left out some teams but, whatever. Let me know if you have any thoughts…

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It’s the last day to #VoteRedSox, so here’s who I’d have playing for the AL in this year’s ASG.

On July 11th, baseball’s best will be taking center stage for the 88th edition of the Major League Baseball All-Star Game. Today is the last day for fans to vote, so I thought I’d give you guys who I think should make it for the American League team this year, along with the starting pitchers. (In no particular order)

Starting pitchers:
Sale vs. Scherzer

American League Roster (constructed like it was in 2016):
Pitchers:
Jason Vargas
Corey Kluber
Ervin Santana
Luis Severino

Relievers:
Craig Kimbrel
Brandon Kintzler
Dellin Betances
Will Harris
Alex Colome
Brad Brach
Andrew Miller
Roberto Osuna
Ken Giles

Starting lineup:
C Salvador Perez
1B: Eric Hosmer
2B: Jose Altuve
3B: Miguel Sano
SS: Carlos Correa
DH: Nelson Cruz
OF: Aaron Judge
OF: George Springer
OF: Avi Garcia

Reserves:
C Gary Sanchez
C: Brian McCann
1B: Yonder Alonso
2B: Dustin Pedroia
3B: Mike Moustakas
SS Xander Bogaerts
SS Elvis Andrus
OF Mookie Betts
OF Khris Davis
OF Aaron Hicks
DH Corey Dickerson

Potential snubs / fan vote candidates:
1B Justin Smoak
1B Logan Morrison
3B Jose Ramirez
2B Jonathan Schoop
OF Justin Upton

Let me know if you have any thoughts. NL Roster should be coming tomorrow.

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