— 98.5 The Sports Hub (@985TheSportsHub) November 15, 2017
CBS Boston: Joe Kayata of NBC-10 in Providence tweeted on Tuesday that the Red Sox are “still very much in play” for Stanton, despite rumblings that he would block a trade to Boston. Kayata followed up his initial report on Wednesday, adding that Stanton’s advisers are “pushing” him to accept a trade to the Red Sox over his first preference, the Dodgers. His reps reportedly view the Red Sox as a much better destination in terms of “marketing/off-field opportunities” and a better choice for the greater good of baseball as a whole.
Isn’t this a no brainer? It was originally reported that he would block trades to Boston and St. Louis. But would accept a trade to the Giants? The irrelevant last place Giants? Or the Dodgers? It’s one thing to block a trade to a crap team in a small city (like the Marlins lol). But, any franchise player would think Boston is appealing, and clearly his management agrees. Who know’s if this gets done though, the Marlins asking price is considered way too high for most teams:
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
It makes sense, because the Marlins have dealt with injury issues with Stanton in the past, and his contract is absolutely nuts – it makes sense for them to sell high. But, with the Red Sox limited offense depth, and cleaned out farm system – a potential package could be interesting.
(Side note, when is Buster Olney going to update his avatar? It’s still low definition and is closer to a low budget cartoon than a real image).