By: Jake Perda
A few things to keep in mind while reading: 1. It’s been reported that the Marlins are currently demanding an absurd package in return for Stanton despite the $285+ million dollars remaining on his contract. In order for any team to take on all of that money, the package being sent to Miami would have to be somewhat reasonable. 2. Stanton has a FULL no-trade clause, meaning that if he doesn’t want to come to Boston (which has been reported), then he will not be coming to Boston. 3. Giancarlo Stanton is the best power hitter on the planet earth (that’s right, Aaron Judge); therefore, any trade to acquire him is going to be painful.
At this point, it’s common knowledge that any trade for Stanton is going to start with Benintendi or Devers. While some would argue that trading Devers would make more sense with the Michael Chavis in waiting, it’s pretty clear that Andrew Benintendi is the more valuable trade chip. Benintendi has a year and a half of MLB experience, 2 more years of team control followed by 3 years of arbitration, and can likely play any of the 3 outfield positions depending on how the Marlins want to configure their outfield going forward. Not to mention, Devers may be advanced at the plate, but his .906 fielding percentage is less than appealing. Benintendi is coming off of a year in which he finished tied for 4th in the American League in outfield assists. As a result, a deal that sends Stanton to the Sox will likely mean the departure of the best hair in Boston.
When it comes to deciding what to attach to Benintendi, the Red Sox don’t have a ton of options. If they decide to go all-in on Rafael Devers, then they could trade Michael Chavis. Considering the contract that they’d be taking on, a Benintendi-Chavis combination, along with a low-level prospect, should get the job done. If they don’t feel comfortable parting ways with Chavis, then the same type of deal could be done with Jay Groome. No, I’m not saying that this should happen or that it will happen. But this is likely the type of package that it would take. Unfortunately, their farm system isn’t nearly as deep as it was 2 years ago when Dave Dombrowski arrived, so in order to pull off a blockbuster deal, they’re going to have to give up at least one of the few high-level prospects they have left. With that in mind, don’t forget that just a few years ago, Henry Owens was one of those high-level prospects.
The only thing that we know for sure is that once the 2018 season begins, the Red Sox must have a power-hitter in their lineup that was not on their roster in 2017. Whether it’s Giancarlo Stanton, J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer, Carlos Santana or some other player that we don’t know is available, Dave Dombrowski has to bring someone in. That being said, we know that Stanton will be on the move, and the Red Sox have the players to acquire him, so now it’s a matter of Dave Dombrowski knowing when the pull the trigger and when to walk away. It’s up to him to get the job done.
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