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If the Red Sox, who begin what they hope will be an accelerated rebuilding with deep pockets and a deep farm system, want to see what else the Marlins might sell, here's an easy hypothetical that is probably pure fantasy, but one Cherington is required to look into nonetheless. He needs to call the Marlins and find out if Giancarlo Stanton can be had.
There is no logical reason why he would be available. If Bud Selig, on a whim/power trip, ordered an entire redrafting of the major leagues tomorrow, Stanton would arguably be the third pick behind the two newly crowned Rookies of the Year, Mike Trout and Bryce Harper. Stanton hit 37 homers last season and led the National League in slugging (.618). He is not eligible for free agency until 2017. And he just turned 23 last week. Players don't get much more appealing than that.
A reader asked this compelling question on Twitter Tuesday after the news of the blockbuster broke: Marlins call Sox & offer Stanton for Barnes, Bradley, & Webster. Cherington says...
Cherington says, "Hell, yes, and do not hang up that phone. I've just gotta clear it with ... [sigh] ... Larry."
As soon as Stanton tweeted his wasn't happy about the trade, Scott Priest and I both had a similiar thought process. Get him to Boston. The trade that Finn brought up may do it. But let's get more creative than that.
Bradley is as dynamic a player the Sox have had in their farm system in quite some time. The goal shouldn't be to trade him for Stanton, it should be to pair him with Stanton. So let's readjust this trade:
Iglesias, Barnes, Webster, & Brentz for Stanton & Yunel Escobar. Sox send $4 million in cash as well.
So the Sox give up four of their top ten prospects (according to Baseball America) for Stanton & Yunel Escobar, who has $5 million on the books the Sox will eat. The Sox will then have Stanton, Ellsbury, Ross/Kalish (if the Sox resign Cody) for next season and the season after would turn into Theo Epstein's wet dream: Stanton, Bradley and Jerry Sands. Hell, depending on the circumstances that could be the outfield in July/August.
Of course this is just fantasy because if the Marlins did make this deal they should be contracted from the league since or get relegated to AAA. But the way the Marlins are offloading players, it's worth a shot.