It is no secret that one of the biggest names on the trading block this off-season is Giancarlo Stanton. The slugging right-fielder hit 59 home runs, brought in 132 runs, and put up a slash line of .281/.376/.631. He was also named the National League MVP, beating out Joey Votto and Paul Goldschmidt. So his value is definitely there, however it comes at a pretty scary price.

Giancarlo Stanton is potentially owed $295 million over the next ten seasons, meaning a team could have him till he is in his late thirties. That is a huge number, and not many teams have the means to take on all of that money and invest it into one player. The Dodgers have been thrown around as a team that is interested, but it seems like the Giants and Cardinals are currently winning the race.

According to Jon Morosi of MLB Network, the Cardinals made a formal trade offer to the Marlins. Craig Mish of SiruisXM later added that the offer included prospects, one of which is Sandy Alcantara.

Alcantara is 22 years old and is number nine on the Cardinals’ top 30 prospects list. In 2017, he pitched for the Cardinals double-A affiliate and put up a 4.31 ERA and a 1.428 WHIP in 125.1 innings (22 starts). He also made his Major League debut on September 3rd of this year and ended up getting 8.1 innings of work as a reliever. In those 8.1 innings, Alcantara gave up six runs on nine hits, two of which were home runs. His stats might not be all that impressive, but he is capable of throwing over 100 MPH.

As for the Giants, it is not known whether a formal trade offer has been extended just yet. However, Craig Mish reported that the names below are being discussed:

  • Giants: 2B Joe Panik, P Tyler Beede, OF Chris Shaw
  • Marlins: OF Giancarlo Stanton, 2B Dee Gordon

According to MLB.com, Chris Shaw is second and Tyler Beede is third on the Giants’ top 30 prospects list. In 2017 between double-A and triple-A, Shaw put up a slash line of .292/.346/.525, with 24 home runs and 79 runs batted in. Beede spent all of 2017 in triple-A and put up a 4.79 ERA and a 1.468 WHIP in 109 innings (19 starts).

Also important to note is that MLB teams believe that $295 million for ten years is what Stanton would get on the open market. This means that if the Marlins want high-level prospects, then they’d likely have to include cash. With the Giants and Cardinals throwing around these top prospects, maybe that is something that the Marlins are interested in doing.

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