ORLANDO, Fla. — There are many out there — colleagues Nick Cafardo and Chad Finn among them — who believe the Red Sox should do whatever is necessary to trade for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
This is largely based on two beliefs:
1. The Red Sox have a significant number of prospects to offer.
2. The Marlins be crazy.
New Marlins GM Dan Jennings has said Stanton will not be traded. Given that he is 23 and won’t be a free agent until 2017, that would seem to make sense.
Yet team president David Samson seems to gave countered that logic with comments he made during a radio interview. Juan C. Rodriguez of the Sun Sentinel has the details..
“We look at the Cardinals who didn’t re-sign Albert Pujols and they just won the pennant,” Samson said. “You really have to think about your team, your payroll. You have to think about how it’s going to work going forward and what percentage of your payroll will one player have or who you want to sign because there are always more players.
“It’s a complicated question, but we love Giancarlo and we don’t have to worry about it right now. He’s on our team. If here in Orlando all of a sudden someone comes with an offer Mike and Dan can’t refuse, anybody can get traded. That’s the point of having no no-trade clauses, but I would say it’s very unlikely that he will get dealt.”
The Red Sox should hang up if Miami wants Xander Bogaerts. Henry Owens, too. But anybody else from the prospect list? Have at it.
Once the Dodgers traded for Josh Beckett, Adrian Gonzalez and Carl Crawford, no trade should ever be considered impossible to make.