The San Francisco Giants need to add power this offseason. In a league where the long fly ball is becoming more important every year, the Giants’ MLB-worst 128 homers last season simply must be improved upon this winter.
So it should come as no surprise that the Giants are interested in trading for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who hit 59 homers last season and has 150 homers in his last four seasons (497 games).
The Marlins, who were recently sold to an ownership group that includes Derek Jeter, appear hellbent on restocking a depleted farm system and slashing payroll to $90 million this offseason — the most direct way to do fulfill both of those desires is to trade Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325-million deal with the Marlins in November 2014 (he has an opt-out after the 2020 season).
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Stanton might be expensive, but the Giants have the money to bring him in and the motivation to give the Marlins what they need to get a deal done.
But it looks increasingly unlikely that Stanton will land in San Francisco this offseason.
There are conflicting accounts all over the place — there’s a lot to parse out of baseball’s GM meetings — but two reports from reputable sources have put a serious damper on any Stanton-to-the-Giants hopes.
The first came from the legendary Peter Gammons, who noted on his site that Stanton isn’t interested in a deal that would send him to St. Louis, Boston, or San Francisco.
Stanton has a full no-trade clause, and while he is open to being traded, he, by all accounts, is poised to be judicious during this process. (And, to be specific, Gammons said that those three teams would have to “sell” Stanton on joining them as “they’re not cities that fascinate him for different reasons”.)
It makes sense why Stanton wouldn’t be “fascinated” by San Francisco — and that has nothing to do with the city itself, which, of course, is lovely.
If you were going to be traded, would you want to go to a team that lost 98 games last year, has what could well be a lame-duck coaching staff, and could well be half a season away from a long and painful rebuild? Would you want to play in a ballpark that is 23 percent tougher to hit a home run in than any other stadium in baseball? Would you be …read more
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