Tuesday, November 5, 2013

Are Sox Setting Sights On Giancarlo Stanton?

(Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports)
Scott Lauber of The Boston Herald reports that the Red Sox may be poised to make a bold move in an effort to defend their 2013 World Series crown. With a bevy of top and middle-range prospects in their organization, Boston may pursue a deal with the Miami Marlins for 24-year old slugger Giancarlo Stanton. With potential losses of four free agents—most importantly Jacoby Ellsbury—adding an exciting power bat from the right side would significantly upgrade the Red Sox line-up. Boston could put Stanton in right and move Shane Victorino to center. Lauber speculates that a deal might include the likes of Will Middlebrooks (providing Stephen Drew is re-signed and Xander Bogaerts can take over at third), Brandon Workman, and some combination of Drake Britton, Allen Webster, Rubby De La Rosa, Anthony Ranaudo, Felix Doubront and Matt Barnes. As Lauber also points out, Stanton could protect David Ortiz in the lineup and serve as a potential successor at DH down the road. We like the idea. Do it, Ben.