With the August 31 deadline quickly approaching, we’ll revisit the San Francisco Giants trade interest in Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
A report from Bob Nightengale says the Giants have shown the most interest of any team. Other teams he says have shown interest are the St. Louis Cardinals, the Texas Rangers and Philadelphia Phillies.
There is no doubt that Stanton is at his peak value with 50 home runs before September. But still, Stanton cleared waivers because teams don’t want to pick up that massive contract that owes him $295 million over the next 10 years.
Any deal for Stanton would require the Marlins to pick up a good portion of that contract. Which means the Marlins would want a significant prospect in return.
That’s where I think it becomes difficult for the Giants to make this trade. I know they have the money to trade for Stanton, but what could they possibly give the Marlins without emptying their farm system?
I think the San Francisco Giants would have to part with some of their young talent that is already in the big leagues. They’d probably also want a couple of top 10 prospects, which could include newly drafted Heliot Ramos.
As great as Stanton is, I’m not sure if the Giants can afford to give all that up and take that contract.
There is no question they need more pop in their lineup. The San Francisco Giants are dead last in the majors this year with just 103 home runs. That’s 24 less than the next highest total.
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I also don’t think there is any way a Stanton deal gets done during the season. The Marlins are set to sell the team at the end of the season, and they aren’t going to trade Stanton while he’s in the middle of a historic year.
But these talks now should certainly help build a foundation for the offseason when I think Stanton is more likely to be moved.
Also, the Marlins are just 4.5 games back of a wild card spot. With a franchise that desperately needs fans to show up, it would be extremely unwise to trade your best player in the midst of a playoff run.
I wrote before that I think a trade for Stanton is too risky for the Giants. I still hold that belief, but it’s not like I would be upset if the deal happens now or this offseason.