Big markets act as likely landing spots for Miami’s Stanton

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Big markets act as likely landing spots for Miami’s Stanton

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 5, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 5, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

(Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service)

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 5, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

(Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service)

(Chris Lee/St. Louis Post-Dispatch/Tribune News Service)

The Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton, right, rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run against the St. Louis Cardinals on July 5, 2017, at Busch Stadium in St. Louis.

Brandon Sans, Assistant Sports Editor

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Since signing a 13-year, $325 million dollar contract extension in 2014, Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has been both one of baseball’s premier talents, but also the subject of numerous trade rumors being on the Marlins.

Fresh off Stanton winning the National League MVP award after leading Major League Baseball with 59 home runs along with a .281 batting average and 132 RBI, those trade rumors have never been louder. New Marlins CEO Derek Jeter wants to cut the Marlins payroll and stock their farm system with young, talented prospects.

Connect the dots, and it’s more evident now that Stanton will likely play for another team next year. The following two teams represent his most likely landing spot based off each being able to take on at least a portion of Stanton’s contract while having the necessary prospect depth to entice Miami to deal the face of its franchise:

Boston Red Sox

The Red Sox won 93 games last season en route to their first-ever back-to-back division titles in franchise history. Winning the division is not the success Boston expected when it hired Dave Dombrowski as President of Baseball Operations in 2015. Known for his bold transactions, Dombrowski signed free agents like former Cy Young winning pitcher David Price and traded for All-Star closer Craig Kimbrel, but has not won a playoff series during his two seasons as Boston’s head man.

Adding Stanton would give the Red Sox the game’s most feared slugger and a perfect rival to Yankees outfielder Aaron Judge, whose 52 home runs were second behind Stanton. It would also fill a need for Boston, which ranked 27th last year in home runs and did not have a player in League’s top-50 home-run hitters.

With a young outfield of Andrew Benintendi, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley, Jr., Boston does not have to trade for Stanton and would need to move one of those three to create a spot for him.

Ultimately, with three capable outfielders and needs elsewhere like first base and the pitching staff, Stanton is more of a luxury than a necessity for Boston.

Los Angeles Dodgers

Much like the Red Sox, the Dodgers are a team who have had success but have failed to win a championship. After losing at home in the seventh game of the World Series to the Houston Astros, the iron may never be hotter than to go all-in on a championship run before pitcher Clayton Kershaw is eligible for free agency after next season.

But also like Boston, Los Angeles does not need Stanton to play deep into October, advancing to the postseason every year since 2013, going to the 2016 NLCS, and winning the NL pennant this past year.

It also has no lack of power bats with players like Cody Bellinger (39 home runs), Yaisel Puig (28 home runs), and Corey Seager (22 home runs).

If the Dodgers feel they need Stanton to win the World Series, they no doubt will trade for him despite operating a bit more conservative under President of Baseball Operations Andrew Friedman’s “Moneyball on Steroids” philosophy.

Time is ticking on Kershaw’s prime and it would be a shame not to win the Dodgers’ first title since 1988.

Assistant Sports Editor Brandon Sans can be found on Twitter @bsans10. Any tips or suggestions should be forwarded via email to uncwseahawksports@gmail.com. For video updates from The Seahawk, subscribe to our YouTube channel.