The San Francisco Giants rumors are starting to fly surrounding Giancarlo Stanton. Today, they picked up even more.
The San Francisco Giants want Giancarlo Stanton. That is no surprise. The man hit 58 homers last year. The Giants had one of the worst offensive outfields in the league. Match made in heaven, right?
Today, we had multiple things come out about Giancarlo Stanton, involving the Giants, so we’re going to put those reports in chronological order, evaluate them all, and then look at the bigger picture. BUCKLE UP.
This was the first bomb this morning. The San Francisco Giants were reportedly discussing Heliot Ramos as part of the trade for Stanton. If they traded away Ramos, they’d be giving up a significant part of their future. It would be fantastic to have Heliot Ramos in left field one day along with Steven Duggar in center, and Stanton in right.
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Ramos is projected to hit the bigs right around the time Stanton gets the option to opt out. His ability to do that, means the Giants need to keep Ramos around as an insurance option. Not one prospect in the Giants organization has anywhere near the ceiling Ramos has. So it would be incredibly stupid to trade that piece away.
Of course, having the draft spot they do helps the Giants out big time, and also gives them the larger of the international bonus pools for the next signing period. That’s good news, because they no longer will be under the penalty they incurred for signing Lucious Fox (who is no longer in the org!). If they truly feel like they’re going to be able to draft a guy for the outfield with a higher ceiling than Ramos, and feel he could be expendable, then cool. Do it. But I still think that’s stupid
What if they could have both Ramos, and an even better prospect for the outfield in that spot? It would drastically change the farm system. Ramos is a guy the Giants shouldn’t think about trading. In my honest opinion he should be untouchable. But Bobby Evans will be Bobby Evans.
Then now there is this:
This is kind-of good news for the Giants? But it could also be bad news. We’ve heard everywhere from four to seven teams are in on Giancarlo. The Giants have been the most aggressive by all accounts. Who are the other teams hanging around then? My guess is the Yankees, the Dodgers, the Giants, and the Braves. The Braves have a ton of prospects hanging around and the Marlins want young pitching, that seems like a match made in heaven. But, the Giants have the financial clout that most in the league don’t have. The Dodgers have very little breathing room left in terms of salary, and the Yankees already have a pretty full outfield (of course they’ll make room for Stanton).
What does this mean then? Well, it likely means the Giants are the frontrunners for Stanton. But it sounds like the asking price is sky high. The Giants should absolutely ask for big time money back to them to help out with the contract, especially if the Marlins are going to try to take Heliot Ramos away from them. I still think he could be available for cheaper, so that’s a good thing for the Giants.
Ultimately, Stanton clearly has the final say on where he goes, which might be good for the Giants. He loves Barry Bonds, and loved him as a mentor. That in itself draws attention to San Francisco. So if he sits there and says “If you trade me, you trade me to the Giants,” that puts the ball in the firmly in their court. It sounds like he’s starting to do that, which is good news for the Giants. We’ll see in the coming days how this all shakes out.