While a potential trade of National League MVP Award winner Giancarlo Stanton has been the central theme in the early going this Hot Stove season, actual trade proposals are now being made to the Marlins, with the Cardinals the latest to join the fray.
According to MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi, St. Louis has formally made a trade proposal for Miami’s consideration. This comes two days after the Giants made the first formal offer for Stanton on Friday. Per MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, the Red Sox could be making an offer imminently, and several other clubs could follow suit.
The Cardinals have not confirmed that they’ve made an offer.
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Stanton, who turned 28 on Nov. 8, led MLB with 59 home runs in 2017, the most hit by a single player in one season since 2001. He has 10 years and $295 million remaining on his contract, and can opt out following the 2020 season. Stanton also has a full no-trade clause, and there has been speculation as to whether he would accept a trade to St. Louis, preferring instead to be on one of the coasts.
The Cardinals have more in the way of prospects to offer in a potential Stanton deal, with six ranked on MLBPipeline.com’s Top 100 Prospects list, including right-hander Alex Reyes (No. 14) and catcher Carson Kelly (No. 31). The Giants have only one, in infielder Christian Arroyo (No. 56).
But the Giants, according to Rosenthal, are willing to take on “a sizable amount” of the remaining money on Stanton’s contract, which could entail sending someone like right-hander Johnny Cueto back to Miami as part of the return in order to avoid crossing the luxury-tax threshold (Cueto does not have no-trade protection in his deal with San Francisco, which has $89 million remaining on it).
The Cardinals ranked eighth in the NL last season with 196 home runs, while the Giants ranked last, with 128 (Stanton’s 59 represents 46 percent of that total). San Francisco also has an aging Hunter Pence currently in right field, and Giants general manager Bobby Evans has indicated Pence’s role could become part-time in 2018. The 34-year-old veteran posted the lowest OPS of his career (.701) in 2017.
St. Louis is coming off back-to-back seasons missing the postseason for the first time since 2007-08, and San Francisco is coming off its worst season since 1985, just three seasons removed from winning a third World Series title in five years.
Manny Randhawa is a reporter for MLB.com based in Denver. Follow him on Twitter at @MannyOnMLB. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.
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