If Giancarlo Stanton is going to move this offseason, it appears as though he’s going to have some say. But, that’s bad news for a couple of teams supposedly on the hunt for the outfielder.
— theScore MLB (@theScoreMLB) November 14, 2017
This report, however, comes on the heels of this little tidbit as well.
Some rival execs view the Marlins’ prospect asking price for Giancarlo Stanton as shockingly high and somewhat out of touch with reality, and not discounted nearly enough given the whopping $295 million he’s owed (with the forthcoming out clause after the 2020 season).
— Buster Olney (@Buster_ESPN) November 14, 2017
Whichever team lands Stanton is going to pay a heavy price. Both financially and, more than likely, in prospects. The Marlins, of course, appear to be tearing it all down once again. Reports indicate Dee Gordon and Christian Yelich are on the trading block as well.
But the biggest prize of all would be Giancarlo. He slashed .281/.376/.631 last season en route to leading the league in dingers (59), RBI (132) and slugging percentage. The Cardinals seemed to be the odds-on favorite in recent weeks to land him. Now that appears to be off the table. Does our focus now turn to the Phillies or Giants?
Time will tell, of course. But, it looks like the number of potential suitors just shrunk.