Everyone is caught up in the Giancarlo Stanton trade speculation, but what if the San Francisco Giants aren’t able to reel him in this offseason?
A lot of Giants fans have this feeling that it’s Stanton or bust this offseason. I’m here to tell you that’s not the case – there’s more than one way to skin a cat.
Yes, if the Giants were to acquire Stanton I think he has a huge impact in 2018 if the rest of the roster stands pat. But I don’t think he’s enough alone to turn this team around.
Upgrades would still need to be made in center field, left field and third base.
So what if the Giants don’t get Stanton?
First of all, life will go on. And secondly, there is still a path to compete in 2018.
Without Stanton the Giants could have around $30 million to spend this offseason before hitting the tax threshold.
That gives them plenty of room to make a couple of big upgrades, most importantly in center field and at third base.
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Then they could give a young prospect a shot in left field — even though that has failed miserably the past two seasons — and make another small signing to possibly have someone platoon with Hunter Pence in right field.
Those moves don’t sound as sexy as trading for the NL MVP, but in reality that could be the best way to turn this thing around.
Another possible direction the team could go if they don’t land Stanton is to wait. To be perfectly honest, I thought the Giants should have torn it down after 2017 and rebuilt. But apparently that’s impossible for San Francisco.
However, if they don’t get Stanton they can save that money for next offseason. After the 2018 season we are going to have a lot of big time players available through free agency.
So don’t sweat all this Stanton speculation. Yes it would be fun to have him in San Francisco, but there are other ways for the Giants to get back on top.