San Francisco Giants Could’ve Had Stanton for Proverbial Pennies

BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images)
BOSTON, MA - APRIL 11: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees looks on during batting practice before the game against the Boston Red Sox at Fenway Park on April 11, 2018 in Boston, Massachusetts. (Photo by Maddie Meyer/Getty Images) /
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As you all know, the San Francisco Giants were heavily involved in the pursuit of Stanton this offseason. Yesterday the agreed upon trade details became public knowledge, and it made most Giants fans sick to their stomachs.

With the way Yankees fans have treated him so far, maybe Giancarlo Stanton wishes he had just accepted a trade to the San Francisco Giants. He’s hitting .210 and already has 27 strikeouts.

But, with the agreed upon details of the Giants trade being released yesterday, many Giants fans probably wish that it had come through.

Yesterday, Robert Murray of FanRag sports reported that the trade details that the Giants and Marlins had agreed upon was the following:

That’s absolutely incredible. The Giants were about to get Giancarlo freaking Stanton for pennies on the dollar. Denard Span? Washed. Jacob Gonzalez is good, but won’t be ready for at least four years or so. And Andrew Suarez? At the time he was the 10th best prospect the Giants could’ve given up. So that’s pretty much pennies on the dollar.

This actually makes me think of Bobby Evans in a new light. If we look at his free agency contracts, they’re not always the greatest. But in trades, he’s actually done pretty well. And the fact that he got the Marlins to agree on this trade elevates my opinion of him as a dealer.

If we look at all of the trades he has made, the only time we can look at a player and say “man it might be nice to have kept him” is Adam Duvall. Duvall is the only one who ever went on TO EVEN PLAY A FULL SEASON IN THE BIGS, and much less be an All-Star.

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Matt Duffy, has played in 36 big league games since they made that trade for Matt Moore, and he wouldn’t have played in more games if he was still in the black and orange. The prospect they traded him for had to repeat at low a, and is stalling out at high-a. He’s still just twenty, but is probably a good 3-4 years from the bigs right now anyways.

I’ve been waffling between Bobby Evans being a trade negotiating master or the Marlins being just flat out stupid, and I think it might be both.

But Bobby “Fleece-Gawd” Evans almost got the reigning NL MVP for a prospect hall that the Yankees couldn’t have even used to land Sonny Gray. That’s incredibly impressive.

Concurrently, the Marlins are complete idiots. They could’ve asked for THE WORLD from the Giants knowing they’d be willing to make that deal. The Cardinals even gave them a better deal than the Giants, and so did the Yankees. And to think they tried force Giancarlo’s hand to either be SF or St. Louis knowing they were getting fleeced anyways? Yikes.

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* DISCLAIMER: We know that Giancarlo Stanton had no chance of coming to the Giants, as he was never going to approve the trade.

The point of this was to look at the agreed upon trade and how weak it actually was IF Stanton was to waive his NTC for the Giants. They made this deal with the HOPE that he was going to change his mind and go to either one of the Giants or Cardinals. The point is, the Marlins actually  agreed to these trade terms with the thought in their head that he would go here.

Otherwise they never would’ve negotiated, and waited until they had no options, to turn around and cave in to his demands of going to a team like the Yankees. If he had waived his NTC, those were the terms of the agreement. That is what matters in this. Not whether or not he was going to be a Giant.