The Phillies were linked to Miami’s outfield slugger, Giancarlo Stanton, in a recent speculation piece from the Boston Globe.
With both large amounts of cap room and cash to spend in the coming years, the Phillies are linked to nearly every high-priced, talented available player. The spinning wheel of speculation has landed on Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe wrote a speculation piece over the weekend about Stanton and the Marlins. Cafardo cited the uncertainty of the team’s sale and Stanton’s monster contract.
Miami is one of the least profitable teams in baseball, they will owe Stanton at least $25 million each year between 2018 and 2027. Between 2023 and 2025, Stanton will earn $32 million.
Cafardo made the case for why Philadelphia makes sense for Stanton:
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"General manager Matt Klentak has tried to give his young players room to develop. Some are developing on time, while others have struggled. At some point the fan base will get impatient because it’s a big market where there were glory days not long ago. The Phillies won one championship in Ruben Amaro Jr.’s tenure as assistant GM, but at the time they were an entertaining team with stars such as Ryan Howard, Chase Utley, Jimmy Rollins, Jayson Werth, and Shane Victorino to keep fans interested.The Phillies have two things going in their favor now: money and prospects. So there’s a way to get better fast.They could adopt the Red Sox’ model of having a core of good young players while surrounding them with free agents, or veterans via trade."
An interesting tidbit Cafardo threw in was the fact that Philadelphia would also want to add Christian Yelich, another strong-hitting Miami outfielder. Yelich’s current contract is far more team-friendly and offers another top-tier hitter in the lineup.
While adding Stanton is certainly an attractive possibility, whether or not this story should actually be taken seriously is a discussion for another day.
Part of Cafardo’s piece points to the fact that Philadelphia doesn’t have talented outfield prospects, but that part is far from accurate. Between Adam Haseley, Mickey Moniak, Dylan Cozens, Nick Williams, Roman Quinn, and Cornelius Randolph along with major-leaguers Odubel Herrera and Aaron Altherr, you could build an above-average outfield.
As a whole, this Stanton rumor falls under the umbrella of big-money plays Philadelphia could very well make, but at this point seem to be conjecture.