Dodgers: Prioritizing the Dodgers’ top five potential offseason targets

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 15: Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 15: Giancarlo Stanton (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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2. Giancarlo Stanton

2017 National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton looks to be on his way out of the Miami Marlins. Teams such as the Cardinals, Red Sox and Giants have all been in the mix for Stanton and his 59 home runs. However, the Dodgers have also shown interest in Stanton and it may be a perfect fit for both parties.

First of all, Stanton is a native of Panorama City, California which is just a short 20-mile drive from Dodger Stadium. Second of all, Stanton owns a full no-trade clause, meaning that the slugger practically dictates his future. Having never played a playoff game before, Stanton understandably will want to go to the place where he has the best chance to win the World Series.

That place is in Los Angeles, who was just one game shy of winning it all last season. Although many fans are scared of the contract that comes with Stanton, the Dodgers have freed up so much salary cap space this offseason. Los Angeles is no longer paying Carl Crawford or Andre Either; that is enough for Stanton alone.

While this deal may hurt the Dodgers in seven years when Stanton’s productivity drops, I would take that trade-off for five or so more years of always being in the World Series picture. If the Dodgers could just win one of those World Series, the trade would be worth it.

Plus, Los Angeles has the pieces to get this deal done. With a nice mix of big league talent and young prospects at their disposal, a deal between the Miami Marlins and Los Angeles Dodgers (who are already familiar trade partners) seems inevitable.