According to Jon Heyman at Fanrag Sports, the San Francisco Giants are the ‘early favorite’ as a potential suitor for Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
This doesn’t really come as much of a surprise as the Giants were also mentioned as the favorite during the season.
Interesting points mentioned from the article are that Stanton has a full no-trade clause, which we knew, and that he will be meeting with the Marlins new ownership after the World Series to discuss his future.
Stanton has made it known that he doesn’t want to be a part of a rebuild. And while I think a rebuild is exactly what the San Francisco Giants need, the front office doesn’t feel feel that way. They think they can turn this thing around after one of the worst seasons in franchise history.
I honestly don’t know why Stanton would want to join the Giants after that 2017 season, but according to Heyman’s article the Giants would be on his list of teams he would accept a trade to play for.
We’ve already talked about the possibilty of the Giants trading for Stanton several times here, and I’ve made my feelings pretty clear on the matter.
But sense this news is fresh, I’ll give them to you again. I think trading for Stanton would be a bad move.
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Unless you can guarantee me he stays healthy for the next four or five years, that the Marlins will chip in a lot of money, and that the Giants will win a World Series with Stanton.
It’s not about the prospects we’d have to give up for him. I’d give up our entire farm system for Stanton. But I worry about how much financial flexibility we’ll have if we take on that contract.
There are a lot of other needs on this team that have to be addressed before we start talking about championships again. If the front office can promise me that we can afford Stanton and fix all the other holes, then I’m on board.
Obviously the Giants are in much need of some power, and Stanton will fill that hole by himself.
It sounds like these talks are going to start heating up soon after the World Series, and we’ll keep you in the loop as to whether or not the San Francisco Giants remain the front-runner.