By Terry Cushman – @AVIDBOS_PODCAST
If you’re reading this article looking for some optimism that a trade is somewhat realistic, you may want to scale it back a couple notches. As slim of a chance the Red Sox have of landing Giancarlo Stanton, it’s still possible, and I still have to cover it.
Stanton came just two home runs (59) shy from tying Roger Maris’ single season home run record. Surely the asking price for his services will be very high from Derek Jeter and Miami’s new ownership group. If every team opts to pass on completing a deal with Jeter as I suspect they will, then Boston’s best window to swoop in will happen in the late January or early February time frame. Jeter at the point will have to decide whether simply shedding Stanton’s gargantuan $285,000,000 contract is worth taking a “lesser” package of prospects.
Andrew Benintendi and Rafael Devers individually would be obvious targets of Miami. However, Boston would definitely be unwilling to part with either, and other teams similarly being unwilling to part with their’s. Xander Bogaerts, Mookie Betts, and Jackie Bradley’s names have been kicked around, but each of them only have two, three, and four years of control remaining respectively. The window for any of those three players is too short for what will certainly be a lengthy rebuild for Miami. Not to mention Jackie Bradley’s value probably isn’t quite as high as it used to be. Miami would prefer players who have several more years of control remaining.
The only relatively top prospects the Red Sox could afford to part with is Sam Travis and Michael Chavis. Both of whom are hitting very well in the minors. However, due to the fact Boston is projected to be only six million dollars under the luxury tax, Dombrowski might look to Travis & Chavis as inexpensive solutions to plug into the lineup. This would be a risky strategy if both of them under-perform, but Sox fans need to face the fact that there is no easy solution going forward. For the Red Sox to add top established major league talent AND to simultaneously stay after the luxury tax threshold is virtually impossible. Unless of course another team is willing to take Hanley Ramirez, Rick Porcello, or David Price off our hands. But lets face it, no team will be looking for that kind of nonsense, or the baggage they bring with them.
Stanton is a pipe dream.
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