Phillies fans shouldn’t expect to see Giancarlo Stanton in red pinstripes anytime soon
San Francisco, St. Louis, and Boston have made their initial trade offers to the Miami Marlins for National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton, but the Phillies have not made any type of serious offer, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
While it is still early in the negotiation process between teams and the financially-strapped Marlins, Rosenthal says other teams plan to dip their toe into the warm Miami trade waters.
New Marlins owner Derek Jeter plans to unload a significant portion of Miami’s payroll with the franchise looking to stay out of the red. Stanton’s contract is the key to Jeter clearing cap space for a franchise struggling to stay relevant on and off the field.
Given the enormity of the contract, Miami will have to include cash considerations in any deal they agree to involving Stanton. That’s a major factor for a franchise trying to clear cap space.
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Miami won’t get the type of prospects that would typically warrant a reigning 28-year-old MVP considering the finances, but the more they take on the better the return on the field.
Philadelphia certainly has the finances to sustain Stanton’s contract and the prospects to get a deal completed. Whether or not Stanton is willing to go from the beaches of Miami to another rebuilding team on Broad Street is yet to be seen.
It’s also a matter of whether the Phillies are willing to move young players and play Stanton over prospects. Acquiring Stanton would mean the departure or reduced playing time for Nick Williams, Dylan Cozens, or Aaron Altherr as corner outfielders.
San Francisco or Los Angeles are more likely landing spots for Stanton considering his ties to the area and the Dodgers win-now mentality.