Red Sox Free Agent/Trade Options to Replace Dustin Pedroia
By Lyle Bellamy
Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton
Yes, I acknowledge that this could be absolutely crazy to conceive. There may be a chance that we never even get close to trading for Giancarlo Stanton. The package needed for both of these guys would almost certainly be astronomical, and a move for just Stanton alone would put us over the luxury tax, but blockbuster is where Dave Dombrowski excels. Just think about this for a minute.
Stanton crushing balls straight into New Hampshire and Dee Gordon manning second base while slapping base hits and stealing a ridiculous amount of bases. Stanton took over all of the news out of Miami this year and rightfully so, but Gordon has stolen 50+ bags three times, including sixty this year, while tallying a .308 batting average. If these two wouldn’t ignite this offense and create a ridiculous amount of buzz around the team then nothing would.
Another blockbuster by Dombrowski, which would be his second in as many offseasons, could help him more than hurt him. The Red Sox fanbase is getting anxious after another divisional series thrashing, and Boston never stays complacent. This trade would be enormous, regardless of who we send to Derek Jeter‘s Marlins.
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Okay, back to reality: there is a high likelihood that this doesn’t happen. The Marlins certainly want to shed salary under new ownership. We’d give up a haul for it no doubt, maybe even things Dombrowski wouldn’t be willing to give up, but this is the hot stove and anything could happen.