Should the Phillies pursue Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton?

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Giancarlo Stanton
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Giancarlo Stanton /

It seems inevitable that the Marlins will wind up trading Giancarlo Stanton this offseason. Should the Phillies pursue him?

There has been much speculation regarding Giancarlo Stanton coming to the Phillies. Fans could dream about Stanton hitting moonshots at Citizen Bank Park. The guy just simply mashes baseballs like no one else.

In his short, eight-year career, Stanton has hit 267 bombs and drove in 672 runs.  Those numbers are flat out absurd. Take the fact that he’s played with minimal lineup protection in a pitcher friendly and those numbers become all that more impressive.

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There is no denying Stanton’s superstardom but should general manager Matt Klentak pursue him? If you ask me I’d say no. The main reason is because we don’t need him. Stanton is a guy you go get when you’re a piece away.  He’s a game changer; there is no denying that. The Phillies are farther away then one piece.

Another thing to consider is the mega package you’re going to have to put together to get him.

You probably are looking at giving up four or five players at least. Between Major League talent and prospects that could deplete a system. They’re going to give up people like Mickey Moniak, Sixto Sanchez, and maybe Dylan Cozens at least.  For me that’s too much for one guy.

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We also have a pretty big mess in the outfield. Aaron Altherr had a great year when he was healthy. Odubel Herrera bat flipped his way to an overall solid campaign.  Nick Williams’ debut was very impressive. Rhys Hoskins finished fourth in the Rookie of Year while splitting time at first, where he should play most of the time in 2018. You also have Cozens and Roman Quinn waiting for a chance at Triple-A. Stanton would be taking away a spot from one of these guys. We’ve waited long enough for these kids to come up and contribute.

Throw in the fact that he has a full no trade clause and the chances of him coming to Philadelphia decrease that much more.

Stanton doesn’t want to come to a team that lost 96 games last year. He’s a West Coast guy so look for the Dodgers to be heavy in the mix.

Taking all this into account, would we like to see Stanton in Philly? Absolutely.  Should we espect him to come to Philly? I don’t think so.

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Regardless of whether or not Philadelphia should pursue Stanton, it appears like they won’t. They weren’t listed among a group of teams that offered the Marlins a deal for Stanton.