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Giancarlo Stanton would be a perfect fit for the Giants.
The San Francisco Giants are in the market for an outfielder who can hit without being a huge defensive liability. Giancarlo Stanton fits that mold.
Stanton, who just turned 24 years of age, is a massively powerful hitter, and the Giants could move him into their vacant left field spot. Stanton battled injuries in 2013 but will come into the spring healthy.
In 2013, Stanton hit just .249, a career low. In 425 at-bats, he had 24 home runs and 62 RBI. His OBP was a very good .365, with an excellent OPS of .845.
The Miami Marlins will demand a king's ransom for Stanton, but he would be worth it.
The Giants would need to include players who can help Miami now, plus prospects. It would take an offer of something like Brandon Belt, Andrew Susac, Ehire Adrianza and Kyle Crick.
Belt had a breakout season in 2013, with a .289 average, 17 home runs and 67 RBI in 509 at-bats. It would be very hard for the Giants to move Belt, but in order to acquire Stanton, a player of Belt's pedigree must be included.
Susac is the Giants' best catching prospect, and Adrianza is a slick-fielding shortstop. However, with Brandon Crawford ahead of Adrianza, the latter becomes expendable.
Kyle Crick is the one pitching prospect the Giants do not want to trade. He was selected by the Giants in Round 1, No. 49 overall, of the 2011 draft.
In 2013, Crick threw 68.2 innings and allowed only 48 hits, but his walk total of 39 was too high. Crick is a power pitcher and struck out 95. His ERA was 1.57 with a WHIP of 1.267. However, these stats are in Single-A, and Crick needs more development before he will be ready for the big leagues.
The Giants do have other good young arms in the minors, including Clayton Blackburn, Kendry Flores, Josh Osich, Martin Agosta and Chris Stratton. Although trading Crick would be very tough, you must be willing to give in order to receive.
It would be a gamble to trade any of these four players, but Stanton has tremendous talent and that elusive star quality that every team covets. In addition, Stanton is not eligible for free agency until 2017, which would place him under the Giants' control for at least the next three seasons.
Probability of the Giants acquiring Giancarlo Stanton: 5 percent.