Friday, August 11, 2017

Baseball Prospectus Raises 'Stanton To Sox' Talk Again

(Sports Illustrated Photo)
It's probably just mid-summer meanderings, but Matthew Kory of Baseball Prospectus has exhumed the "Giancarlo To The Red Sox" thing. And, to be honest, it's a pretty straightforward and (somewhat) compelling argument that Kory makes that it could happen this off-season. The Wild Card that has entered the fray is none other than Jeffrey Loria—the mercurial owner of the Miami Marlins. He has let it be known that he wants out—so the team, the stadium and that stupid "Home Run Sculpture" in center field—are for sale. Oh yeah, and the sale also includes Uber-Slugger Giancarlo Stanton and his 13-year, $325 million contract. Theoretically, unloading that contract would make the sale go a lot more smoothly. Logically, only a few teams can afford that kind of contract—the Red Sox being one of them. So, could Loria swap out Stanton for—say—Jackie Bradley, Jr. and rid himself of the contractual albatross? Kory also points out that after Mike Trout and Bryce Harper cash-out in free agency in a few years, $32 million a year for a 40-HR guy in his late twenties/early thirties will be a "bargain". And we can forget about lingering "PapiEnvy". Hey, at least this talk will keep us warm during the winter—after the Duck Boat Parade.