With the race for October already beginning, should the Dodgers trade for one of the best sluggers baseball has ever seen?
Nothing is certain, but it is looking like, come Opening Day, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will be wearing a different uniform. With the recent sale of the Miami Marlins, to a group led by Bruce Sherman and Derek Jeter, the probability of Stanton being traded has grown.
A trade for Stanton won’t be easy, though. The 2018 season will be the 4th of a 13-year contract with the Marlins, along with an option for 2028. Along with the career-long contract with the Marlins, Stanton is making $325 million over that span. With a contract that extensive and that expensive, every ball club has a lot to think about. Stanton could contribute great amounts to any team in baseball, but only some have the right players to include in a trade, and few have the payroll flexibility to take on any percentage of his contract.
The Dodgers, however, have both of those things. The Dodgers have the prospects and they have the cash, but just because they can trade for Stanton, does it mean they should?
In 2017, Stanton hit a career-high 59 home runs. He drove in 132 runs and stepped up to the plate with a .281 batting average. It’s no secret that he can hit, but his fielding is strong, too In 2017, he logged over 1300 innings in right field and carried a .988 fielding percentage into the offseason.
Giancarlo Stanton is an All-Star and an MVP in every sense of the word. I truly believe that he should be traded to a contender, and the Dodgers could very well be that team, but it is an outcome that may ask more questions than it answers.