Boston Red Sox should trade for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton

MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Giancarlo Stanton
MIAMI, FL - JULY 11: Giancarlo Stanton /

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and can now be traded. Should the Boston Red Sox explore a deal for the right fielder?

The Boston Red Sox have surged to the top of the AL East standings and they’re making a run at the Houston Astros for the top spot overall in the American League. Still, there is always room for improvement.

While the power numbers have improved over the last two weeks, Boston is still last in home runs in the American League. They could solve that problem with the addition of Giancarlo Stanton.

The Miami slugger has officially cleared waivers, and now he’s free to be traded to any other MLB team. As of Tuesday, Stanton has 43 home runs and 93 RBI so far this season. He may get to 60 before all is said and done, and I’d like to see it in Boston.

Stanton has a full no-trade clause in his contract, but that can always be worked around. Stanton would have to approve any trade, and he could be open to the idea of playing for a World Series contender. Right now, Boston has a real chance at winning a title, so that could interest Stanton.

The other hurdle in a trade is Giancarlo Stanton’s massive contract. He’s still owed $300 million over the next 10 seasons when he’ll be 37. Stanton does though have an opt-out option after 2020, so if he feels he can get even more money, he could only be playing in Boston for three full seasons.

As contracts continue to grow, Stanton’s $300 million won’t be so daunting. After the 2018 season, Bryce Harper, Manny Machado, and Clayton Kershaw will likely surpass that number.

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Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo, and Michael Chavis for Giancarlo Stanton

The Red Sox would have to give up a lot to acquire Stanton and to be able to afford him. If they send Jackie Bradley Jr., Rusney Castillo, and Michael Chavis to Miami, this deal could get done.

Yes, we all love Jackie Bradley Jr. in center field at Fenway Park, but Mookie Betts could play there as well. Stanton would then fill the void in right.

Rusney Castillo is a great prospect, but the Red Sox would seemingly have a strong outfield for years to come. Michael Chavis is also somewhat blocked in the organization with Rafael Devers stealing the third base spot in Boston. These two prospects should entice the Marlins, who could be rebuilding with a new Derek Jeter-led ownership group. Bradley Jr. would provide the team with a young veteran outfielder to build around.

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Would you make this deal? Do you think that the Red Sox should at least contact the Miami Marlins about Stanton? I’d make the deal because I believe it makes a strong Red Sox team even better, and makes them American League favorites in 2017, 2018, and 2019 at least.