The Boston Red Sox are heading into a new chapter in their franchise after recently firing John Farrel from the managerial position and replacing him with former player Alex Cora. The team is coming off two consecutive playoff appearances but both have resulted in losses in the American League Division Series. It is clear they are missing a few pieces to get them deeper in the playoffs, including a big power hitter that they haven’t had since David Ortiz retired. One player that could fit this need is Miami Marlins outfielder and superstar Giancarlo Stanton.
According to multiple reports, the Red Sox and Marlins have already had preliminary talks about trading Stanton to Boston. This would be huge for the Red Sox and make them a much better team. However, it will definitely cost the Red Sox a lot whether it is an established player, one of their promising young players, or prospects which they don’t have too many of. Whatever it will take the Red Sox should seriously consider any haul to bring Stanton into Boston. Also, Stanton is entering his fourth year of a 13 year 325 million dollar that will pay him no less than 25 million a year and up to 32 million some years. This is a lot of money but the Red Sox can definitely afford this.
At 28 years old, Stanton had his best season in the Major Leagues last year. He batted .281 with 59 home runs and 132 runs batted in. He led the league in home runs and runs batted in along with slugging percentage. He hit 22 more home runs this season than any other season of his career along with 27 more runs batted in. Stanton had a historical month in August when he homered 18 times in a single month which only Sammy Sosa hit more in a month with 20. Not to mention, Stanton played in 159 games last season, showing his durability along with playing a solid right field where he only had four errors in 333 chances. Stanton can do a little of everything, hit for average, hit for power, and play a good defensive outfield.
Assuming the Red Sox do not give up Mookie Betts and Andrew Benintendi, adding Stanton to this outfield would easily make them one of the top outfields in baseball if not the best. Stanton would most likely play right field and they could move Betts to center where he can play and has played for the Red Sox. There also is a chance Stanton could play the designated hitter position if that gives the Red Sox the best chance to win. It will be interesting to see what the Marlins want for their franchise player but the Red Sox have to seriously consider doing whatever it takes to add the best power hitter in baseball to the worst power hitting team in the American League.
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