Cardinals and Giants Willing To Gamble on Stanton

by Clayton Richer | Posted on Tuesday, December 5th, 2017
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The Miami Marlins new ownership group is looking to shed nearly $50 million in payroll for the 2018 season and the easiest way to accomplish that goal would be to move Giancarlo Stanton. If I am a betting man, expect Stanton to be sent packing in the coming weeks as both the St.Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have had in-person meetings with Stanton and his camp. Whoever lands the big fish will be all-in moving all their poker chips into the middle of the table as there are steep financial repercussions attached to Stanton. The successful team in acquiring the services of Stanton will undoubtedly become an immediate World Series contender in sportsbook across the country.

The slugger hit 59 round trippers last season to lead the major leagues however the 27-year is still owed an astronomical amount of money after signing a 13 year/ $325 million-dollar extension in 2014. The contract also contains an opt-out in 2020 however Stanton would be crazy to think he will do better on the open market.

There are 29 teams around the majors that would be chomping at the bit to insert Stanton in the middle of their respective lineups however few teams will be able to commit to the monetary commitment attached to the slugger. The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants are the frontrunners in the Stanton sweepstakes as it is rumored both teams have prospective deals in place as both teams have the prospect capital to get a deal done.

The Cardinals have the likes of Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver Carson Kelly and Jack Flaherty marinating in their farm system as well as major league talent in Randal Grichuk, Tommy Pham and Jose Martinez they could also dangle to entice the Marlins.

The Giants are said to be dangling prospects Tyler Beede and Heliot Ramos with Joe Panik‘s name has also come up in discussions.

The Marlins have a plethora of players teams will be coveting throughout the winter if the Marlins go into sell mode. Marcell Ozuna, Dee Gordon, Martin Prado and the highly sought after Christian Yelich could all be topics of conversation this offseason.

It’s anyone’s guess where Stanton will land but one thing is for sure, the Marlins are going to do everything in their power to rebuild their squad and it all starts with freeing themselves of Stanton.

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Clayton Richer is an MLB scribe from north of the border with a slight bias for the Toronto Blue Jays. Clayton has also been the shop-keeper at Baseball Hot Corner since the sites inception in 2012. Follow and interact with Clayton on Twitter @MLBHotCorner or @ClaytonRicher

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