Acquire Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton / Justin Bour / Kyle Barraclough
If Dealin’ Dave was hiding a blockbuster deal, it may look something like this. The Marlins are a candidate for a massive reshaping of their roster. Their team is for sale, they have minimal cap space, and they are largely out of playoff contention.
Acquiring Stanton would certainly fill a large hole in the Sox order. He does have a massive 10 yr/$300 million contract, but it is likely that the Marlins are trying to rid themselves of that agreement. Justin Bour is a controllable power bat at first base and he’s not set to hit free agency until 2021. Finally, Kyle Barraclough is a promising bullpen arm that is not set to hit the market until 2022.
The return in this deal would be large. The Red Sox would most likely need to give up at least one of their outfielders, possibly Jackie Bradley Jr. and package some prospects.
This deal would certainly take a large toll on the already depleted farm system, but it would make the Red Sox contenders this season. Acquiring two power hitters, like Stanton and Bour, would provide the spark they seek in the middle of the order.
Will this deal happen? Probably not; however, don’t doubt Dombrowski when it comes to making a splash at the trade deadline.
As the trade deadline looms, there will be plenty of deals made throughout the league. There is no guarantee that Dombrowski will make a splash or a small trade. Speculating is part of what makes the trade deadline fun for fans. You never know who will end up wearing a different uniform, or who will end up becoming a World Series hero.