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After losing Josh Hamilton to free agency and failing to come up with a trade package for Justin Upton, there's one more impact outfielder that could be available. MLB.com's Joe Frisaro wonders if the Rangers might now pursue Giancarlo Stanton.
But Texas general manager Jon Daniels may have to give up more than he's been willing to before.
Stanton wants out of Miami in the worst way after the Marlins gutted the team by trading five of their best players to the Toronto Blue Jays. Any thoughts of contending in the NL East next season went to Toronto with Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck.
However, Stanton is under team control for the next four years, and the Marlins may want to keep him for another couple of seasons while he's still relatively affordable. Besides, the Marlins need some star power in the lineup to give disenchanted fans at least one reason to watch the team next season.
But Stanton would be a tremendous addition to the Texas lineup. If he can hit 37 home runs at Marlins Park, what is he capable of doing if he played 81 games at Rangers Ballpark in Arlington?
Stanton bats right-handed, and a left-handed hitter would probably be a better mix with Adrian Beltre and Nelson Cruz. However, with the production Stanton provides, the Rangers probably wouldn't care about that minor detail.
Yet if Daniels wasn't willing to give up what was necessary to get Upton, would he change his mind for Stanton? Would one of the Rangers' shortstops be in play? How about Mike Olt? A young pitcher like Martin Perez would surely have to be part of the package as well.
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