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Just how interested are the Red Sox in Giancarlo Stanton?

Giancarlo Stanton Miami Marlins
Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton bats during the first inning of a baseball game against the Atlanta Braves, Sunday, Oct. 1, 2017, in Miami. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky) –AP Photo/Lynne Sladky

The Red Sox’ interest in Giancarlo Stanton, according to a Marlins source, is “tepid’’ for the moment. As we’ve learned with other Dave Dombrowski transactions, that’s not necessarily the way it’s going to remain.

While Dombrowski tried to downplay adding a big hitter at the General Manager Meetings last week, nobody really bought it. After all, the Red Sox need a big bopper in the middle of the order. Everybody in baseball knows it. The Marlins know it. Scott Boras, who represents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer, knows it. The White Sox, who have Jose Abreu available in trade, know it.

Last offseason, Dombrowski downplayed questions about a Chris Sale deal just a few hours before it happened. So keep an open mind.

Eight years in A year-by-year look at Stanton's production.
Year G AB BA OBP SLG OPS HR RBI BB SO
2010 100 359 .259 .326 .507 .833 22 59 34 123
2011 150 516 .262 .356 .537 .893 34 87 70 166
2012 123 449 .290 .361 .608 .969 37 86 46 143
2013 116 425 .249 .365 .480 .845 24 62 74 140
2014 145 539 .288 .395 .555 .950 37 105 94 170
2015 74 279 .265 .346 .606 .952 27 67 34 95
2016 119 413 .240 .326 .489 .815 27 74 50 140
2017 159 597 .281 .376 .631 1.007 59 132 85 163
Career 986 3,577 .268 .360 .554 .914 267 672 487 1,140
SOURCE: baseball-reference.com
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