Re: Tim Britton and Brian MacPherson talking Stanton trade
posted at 3/24/2014 8:46 PM EDT
In response to maxbialystock's comment:
Stanton rates to be a significant upgrade over the Nava/Gomes platoon, and in theory, if we picked up Stanton via trade, we could trade Nava and/or Gomes for some prospects to help fill the void left by trading Middy, Ranaudo, Barnes, Betts and Brentz or whoever they'd have gotten.
Good discussion, everyone, thanks. I finally see why the fuss over Stanton. The question as always is, how affordable is his price? I know about Middlebrooks, but don't know those other guys on the way up.
Someone above pointed out that our outfield as currently envisioned--Vic in RF, Sizemore in CF, and Gomes/Nava in LF--should be decent at the plate and in the field. Stanton in LF, his mostly like position, would not be that much of a plus-up. Well, you say, he is the next DH, but the Sox just signed Ortiz thru 2015. Plus, with MBR gone, we have to move Bogaerts back to 3B, which is good, and then go find a SS.
In fact, bat-wise, we would be giving up MBR's bat for Stanton's bat, plus we would give the Marlins a bunch of prospects.
On the other hand, Stanton just might have the best bat available and at a low salary.
Stanton can bat 3rd or 4th. I doubt Nava/Gomes could handle that slot for long.
I've never said I am for trading 5 good prospects for Stanton, but he fits the mold of what we need: a young, cheap, controlled slugger who plays OF.
Remember, Gomes may be gone after this year, and Victorino's deal runs out after 2015, so getting Stanton soon could be a nice proactive move.
Maybe at the deadline, our needs might be a little clearer and our prospects easier to project, but maybe we could do something like this:
Trade 2 out of Nava, Gomes and Carp for the best prospects the Marlins like. Flip those prospects plus Betts, Middy and one of Ranaudo/Barnes/Webster/de la Rosa and see if that works. Then, bring up Cecchini for this 25 man roster:
C: AJP/Ross (Vazquez/Butler/Swihart next year)
3B: Cecchini (Next year: Betts if not part of the Stanton deal)
LF: Stanton/1 out of Nava/Gomes/Carp
CF: JBJ/Sizemore (next year: Hassan or Brentz)
SP: Lester, Buchholz, Lackey, Peavy, Doubront, Capuano
RP: Uehara, Mujica, Tazawa, Breslow, Miller, Badenhop
(next year: Workman, Britton, Webster, Ranaudo or Barnes & Owens)