Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Do Sox Need A Bopper Like Stanton In The OF?

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While the Red Sox can send out a defensive outfield that is among the best in baseball (Grady Sizemore, Jackie Bradley Jr., Shane Victorino), the offensive clout from those positions has been—at best—marginal. As Boston.com's Bill Chuck points out, the Boston outfield is hitting a combined .222 this year. And, among a bevy of minor league players (Bryce Brentz, Alex Hassan, Corey Brown, Daniel Nava), nobody is hitting above .265. Which begs the question: Do the Red Sox need to go out and trade for the biggest OF fish (no pun intended) of them all—Giancarlo Stanton? So far this year, the 24-year old Stanton is hitting .307 with 11 HRs and 42 RBIs (the last two stats leading the league). He has a .395 OBP and a .600 slugging percentage—with a .995 OPS. And, no matter what the Marlins say, he is available.The question is, should Boston give up a treasure trove of young prospects to get him? The consensus seems to be that a package including SS Deven Marrero, SP Matt Barnes, OF Daniel Nava and 2B Mookie Betts might get the job done. That's a big price to pay. But, having a monster right-handed bat like Stanton in the the middle of the lineup for the next ten years is quite a lure.