The Dodgers came within one game of winning it all in 2017, but that doesn’t mean this off-season will be a quiet one. To begin with, they must address players like Brandon Morrow, Yu Darvish, and others who are now free agents. There is also the Japanese sensation, Shohei Ohtani, that will be coming to a Major League Baseball team this off-season. Lastly there is the case of Giancarlo Stanton and his hefty contract, both of which the Marlins are trying to unload.
So where do the Dodgers stand on Stanton? The two tweets below are seven minutes apart and represent trade rumors perfectly.
The Dodgers are indeed in the mix for Giancarlo Stanton, according to a source.
— Mark Feinsand (@Feinsand) November 14, 2017
General sense is the Dodgers are not expected to jump into the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes, given the enormity of his contract.
— Andy McCullough (@McCulloughTimes) November 14, 2017
Giancarlo Stanton had a phenomenal 2017 season and is even up for the NL MVP Award. This year the So-Cal native put up a slash line of .281/.376/.631 and led the league in home runs (59) and runs batted in (132). His huge contract has potentially $295 million left on it over the next ten seasons, though he can opt out after the 2020 season.
What is also important to note is that he has a full no trade clause, which means he gets to decide where he ends up. It is also looking like he is not afraid to exercise this, with Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reporting that Stanton will not accept a trade to the Red Sox or the Cardinals. According to Joe Frisaro the Giants are also in the mix, and their number four prospect, Heliot Ramos, is being discussed as a potential trade piece.
The Dodgers were pretty stacked in the outfield this year, and it will only get more crowded in 2018. As of now, it’s looking like Los Angeles will have to juggle Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Enrique Hernandez, Joc Pederson, Andrew Toles, and even Alex Verdugo is he is called up. With that said, Giancarlo Stanton is force to be reckoned with. I’m sure that, if traded for, the Dodgers could find a spot for him in the outfield.
What do you think about this? Do you want the Dodgers to go after Stanton? Let us know in the comments below!
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