The three big hurdles in the Red Sox trade pursuit of Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is first - the seemingly enormous amount of talent the Sox would have to relinquish, second – the absurd sum of money the Sox would have to pay Stanton, and third – dealing with Derek Jeter, for years the chief rival of the organization.
The first and second issues are tied together in the sense that it looks like Jeter and the Marlins want to cut salary in a big way. The model is the reigning champion Houston Astros, who cut salary like crazy at the start of this decade, reaped the reward of high draft picks and built the thing from the ground up.
The easiest path to shedding salary obviously is to part with Stanton. Jeter was diplomatic about Stanton Wednesday, but did say he was definitely being shopped.
“It’s an organization that’s been losing money for quite some time, so we have to turn that around,” Jeter said. “It’s easy to point the finger at [Stanton], because he makes the most money, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that that’s the move that’s going to be made.”
If the Marlins have their minds set that they are going to trade Stanton, then the Red Sox will be in great shape. The Sox have a ton of ready-made, young and cheap talent in Andrew Benintendi, Rafael Devers, Jackie Bradley Jr., and Eduardo Rodriguez. They also have prospects like Jay Groome and Michael Chavis to dangle.
If Dave Dombrowski does go ahead and make a trade for Stanton, it’s highly unlikely that he will gut the current roster. Expect him to relinquish Benintendi OR Devers as a centerpiece, not both. Even Dombrowski, who is notorious for his win-now ways, will draw the line somewhere.
Dombrowski was spotted talking with Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill Wednesday.
Dave Dombrowski with Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill. What could they be discussing? pic.twitter.com/8euDzWDPrc— Sean McAdam (@Sean_McAdam) November 15, 2017
There were several reports Tuesday that Stanton would not accept a trade to the Red Sox but NBC Sports Boston’s Evan Drellich more or less said that was bull bleep.
“The Red Sox may not be Giancarlo Stanton’s No. 1 choice, but he hasn’t ruled out them or anyone else as a potential destination at this point, a person with knowledge of Stanton’s thinking told NBC Sports Boston,” Drellich wrote. “The Marlins slugger, a bona fide star, is said to have a ‘completely’ open mind about teams interested to trade for him, and is actively trying to be thoughtful about the process – one he ultimately controls because of a full no-trade clause.”