Another day, another set of conflicting news about a potential Stanton trade. On Monday it was reported that Giants prospect Christian Arroyo was part of the deal. On Tuesday Giants beat writer Hank Schulman tweeted that Arroyo is not in the deal.
— Henry Schulman (@hankschulman) December 5, 2017
However, this report was contradicted just hours later in a tweet from Craig Mish of SiriusXM.
SourceS : Full trade offer from SF to Miami for Giancarlo Stanton.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 5, 2017
Arroyo being part of the deal makes sense for the Marlins, but if the other three names listed above are true then it’s a lot to give up for San Francisco. Arroyo is the Giants number two prospect, with Shaw, Beede, and Ramos ranking first, third, and fourth. The Giants are also reportedly taking on $250 million of the $295 million remaining on Stanton’s contract in the deal.
Arroyo is a 22-year old infielder who primarily plays shortstop and third base. The young infielder may have struggled in his brief Major League stint but is extremely talented and is expected to rebound and show why he’s so highly regarded. If he is part of the deal, it can be argued that he’s the most valuable short-term piece that the Marlins would acquire. Arroyo is Major League ready and could contribute right away.
Chris Shaw is a 24-year old outfielder and first baseman. Shaw slashed .292/.346/.525 with 24 home runs and 35 doubles across Double-A and Triple-A in 2017. Showing great power during his minor league career, he could slide into the spot vacated by Stanton if he were to be dealt. He may not be ready at the start of 2018, but he’s close and will likely be an every day Major Leaguer sooner rather than later.
Tyler Beede is a 24-year old right handed pitcher. Beede has shown great potential in the minors, but did have a bit of a down year in 2017 while pitching in the hitter friendly Pacific Coast League. This didn’t seem to hurt Beede’s stock much, as he’s still viewed as the Giants third best prospect. Beede, like Shaw, may not quite be Major League ready but is close. He could certainly be ready to contribute during the 2018 season.
Heliot Ramos is an 18-year old outfielder from Puerto Rico. He was the Giants first round pick during the 2017 amateur draft. Ramos only has 35 professional games under his belt, but he showed why he was a first round pick. He slashed .348/.404/.645 with 6 home runs, 11 doubles, 6 triples, and 10 stolen bases while playing in the Rookie League. Ramos is multiple years away from contributing at the Major League level, but his potential is endless. A player who shows the ability to hit for average, hit for power, and run is always valuable.
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