Offseason preview: Five big-name Red Sox trade targets

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Sep 8, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder

Giancarlo Stanton

(27) hits a solo home run in the third inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports

Giancarlo Stanton

Let’s get the obvious one out of the way.

Stanton has had his name connected to the Red Sox for about two seasons now. And as much as the Marlins insist they plan on giving Stanton a long-term extension, their history of failing to sign key players to long-term deals (Miguel Cabrera, Hanley Ramirez) speaks for itself. So when the Marlins inevitably put Stanton on the market, expect the Red Sox (and every other team in baseball) to be calling.

Potential Deal: Blake SwihartHenry Owens, Mookie Betts, Yoenis Cespedes for Stanton

It’s a lot, especially with the way Cespedes has excelled in his limited time in Boston. But for Stanton, it’s likely at least close to what it would take. Proven talent versus potential talent from a prospect will have to be carefully considered.