Red Sox: What would it take to trade for Giancarlo Stanton?

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Giancarlo Stanton
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Giancarlo Stanton /
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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 28: Eduardo Rodriguez (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 28: Eduardo Rodriguez (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images) /

That’s not to suggest that Miami will simply give him away. They will want major league-ready, cost controlled talent, which the Red Sox can offer without coughing up their best assets.

A realistic offer would start with Eduardo Rodriguez, who should have some appeal for a Marlins team that needs a young pitcher to build around. The 24-year old may not be an ace, but he still has untapped potential that we’ve seen flashes of during his time in Boston. He still projects to be at least a strong middle of the rotation arm with upside for more.

The Marlins may also be interested in Jackie Bradley to fill Stanton’s spot in the outfield. While he can’t replace Stanton’s offense, he would provide a dramatic improvement to the Marlins defense. Christian Yelich is a good defensive player who declined statistically once moved to center field full time this year. Bradley would give them an elite glove to patrol center while allowing Yelich to slide over to a corner outfield spot where he’ll provide better value.

A package revolving around E-Rod or JBJ would be a good starting point. Miami may insist on both, which wouldn’t be a deal-breaker. Pair them together and fill in a low-level prospect or two and it could be enough to satisfy the Marlins.