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Stanton would find the Green Monster to his liking.
Boston Red Sox trade: utility man Mookie Betts; pitcher Henry Owens; pitcher Allen Webster; third baseman Will Middlebrooks; pitcher Simon Mercedes
Miami Marlins trade: outfielder Giancarlo Stanton; reliever Colby Suggs
Since it's the Miami Marlins, trade rumors have always flown fast and furious surrounding noted slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Every year, Stanton marches closer and closer to free agency and a massive contract. Now that he's two years away from free agency, it gets more realistic by the day that Stanton eventually gets traded. Maybe Stanton signs a deal to remain with the Marlins.
But if the Marlins are substantially enticed by a trade package, it does not make fiscal sense for the them to turn down such a deal. We can bemoan Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria may be tightfisted all we want, but the facts on the ground remain that Miami simply does not spend money unless fans start flocking to the yard (hint: they haven't); that won't change.
Betts, Owens and Webster have been pretty consistent members of this series of trade proposals. The players have already had their strengths and weaknesses discussed elsewhere.
These players represent the upper echelon of Boston's top prospects lists and are of such substantial quality that they can fetch big pieces in return. Boston's minor league system boasts such strength that even clearing these players out would not raze the farm. Besides, Stanton is 24 years of age—it's not like the prospects are being cleared out for players over age 30.
Middlebrooks has previously been linked to Miami before, as CBS Sports' Jon Heyman recollects. It's easy to see why Miami likes the third baseman. Middlebrooks boasts raw power potential that could one day result in 30-plus home run production. He has plate discipline and consistency strugges, but at 25 years of age, he still has time to figure it out.
Throughout the Marlins' trade history, the team tends to like acquiring raw pitchers with high upside that are also high risk, in the hopes they can win the lottery. Mercedes' inclusion furthers that trend, as the 22-year-old has a "live arm," according to a Sox Prospects scouting report. Still raw, Mercedes is pitching at Class A Advanced Salem this season.
In addition to Stanton, the Red Sox would pick up reliever Colby Suggs. Boston lacks high-upside relievers and has shown a proclivity toward trading for them in the past (see: Andrew Bailey, Joel Hanrahan, Mark Melancon). With several members of the current bullpen set to hit free agency, the Red Sox need depth there.
Getting a haul of Betts, Owens, Webster, Middlebrooks and Mercedes certainly qualifies as being substantial, although it may not be enough to get Stanton at this trade deadline. This offseason? Next trade deadline? This deal would absolutely be taken seriously, if no players involved suffer significant setbacks—although Mercedes would likely be subbed out for a younger, rawer player in a year.
At this stage, with the Marlins in quasi-contention and in no hurry to deal Stanton in the hopes a contract extension can be worked out, Miami would not be doing its job if the team did not require the inclusion of Red Sox stud prospect Xander Bogaerts. There is zero chance of this happening, as Bogaerts could one day soon rival Stanton's total production.
It may take another year yet, but Red Sox GM Ben Cherington needs to make sure he stays in the hunt for Stanton in case a deal can come together that can land the slugger in Boston.
Note: The Red Sox have been linked to Cole Hamels in trade talks, with The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reporting that the team watched a game of the left-hander's last week. There are no blockbuster deals proposed with Hamels in this article because right now, Boston needs to be focused on re-signing Jon Lester.
By retaining Lester, Boston can direct what resources it has toward obtaining another impact player and coming out a net positive rather than letting Lester walk and using said resources to acquire Hamels.