Red Sox 'definitely in play' for Giancarlo Stanton

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The same can't quite be said for the rest of the group: the Giants have almost $167 million on the books for 2018, second only to the league-leading Dodgers, while the Red Sox rank fourth ($146.27 million) and the Cardinals rank sixth ($135.23 million). Spencer reports that talks between the Red Sox and Marlins regarding Stanton "may be heating up".

Given the Red Sox' need for at least one more slugger, it would amount to professional malpractice for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski not to perform due diligence and explore the trade fully. Whether the slugger exercises his full no-trade clause remains to be seen, but it certainly seems unlikely that he'd opt for a team that hasn't surfaced above.500 since 2012. San Francisco also has the financial capital to take on the remainder of Stanton's 13-year, $325 million contract.

Recently, MLB.com reported the Sox were among a group of four teams known to be interested in a trade for Stanton.

Imagine the number of home runs Giancarlo Stanton might hit if he played half his games at Fenway Park. Top among them in the free agent market are outfielder J.D. Martinez and first basemen Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana.

There's also the matter of what young players the Red Sox would part with to make a deal and beat out the other suitors. The Marlins, with ex-Yankees legend Derek Jeter among their new owners, are looking to shed payroll.

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