Dave Schoenfield of ESPN’s list of five stars who could be traded this offseason is topped by a provocative name: that of Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Schoenfield doesn’t suggest a Stanton trade is likely, only that it’s a possibility, given how unpredictable the Marlins can be. Schoenfield speculates that Dodgers as a potential match if the Marlins put Stanton on the market. Stanton has full no-trade protection, but might well be willing to waive it if the Dodgers were to deal for him, given that he was born and raised in Southern California. The Dodgers presumably would also have relatively little trouble absorbing Stanton’s enormous contract. Here’s more from the National League.
- Now that the Phillies have dismissed Ruben Amaro, their open GM position should be an attractive one to potential candidates, Tyler Kepner of the New York Times writes. They have plenty of young talent, including Maikel Franco, J.P. Crawford, Aaron Nola and a host of prospects they acquired when trading veterans. They also have few troublesome contracts.
- Pirates infielder Jung-Ho Kang is cutting a path for other players from the Korea Baseball Organization to come to the U.S., Travis Sawchik of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review writes. Kang has excelled in his first season in the big leagues, hitting .288/.358/.468 while also providing value on the bases and on defense. That’s led to 4.1 fWAR, so the $2.5MM he’ll make this season is a fraction of what he’s worth. The next Korean star set to come to the big leagues is Kang’s friend former Nexen Heroes teammate Byung-Ho Park. “(Park) has much more power than I have,” says Kang. The Pirates could be in the market for a first baseman this offseason and have scouted Park. The big contract it will surely now take to sign Park would, however, block top first base prospect Josh Bell, who hit well upon being promoted to Triple-A Indianapolis this season.
No one is giving up anything to take on Stanton’s contract. That was an albatross before the ink dried.
It was a 6 year/$107 million deal….he made $6.5 million this year, so there is pretty much $100 million left over 5 years. Assuming he can stay healthy, he will opt out by the time that option comes up. He would easily top 7/$218 million as a free agent in that scenario
$26MM per season over the next 12 for a 25 year old who already has 25 WAR? Guys like Tim Lincecum and Rick Porcello get paid $17MM and over $20MM per season (respectively). It’s the market now. It’s a lot of money, but it’s certainly not an albatross and plenty of teams would have interest.
To the Billionaires Owners of the dodgers Stanton’s contact is Chump Money !
If the dodgers were to trade for Stanton, the marlins would be asking for atleast Seager or Urias as the main piece
Yup and we know how the dodgers fans LOVE their prospects… Boston would make a max offer of their #30 ranked prospect and cash for stanton … with a straightface!
Byung-Ho Park only plays 1B?
I think I read that he had worked out at 3rd base during the 2014 season in order to become more appealable to MLB teams whenever he was posted. I do not think he projects to be very good there though and whatever team that signs him should be looking to primarily play him at 1st. I would guess that LF would be an easier position than 3rd too, but I don’t think he would have much range.
The competition for Park should price the Pittsburgh Pirates out of the bidding very quickly. With the impending arbitration raises of a number of their key players, plus choosing which free agent contracts to attempt to extend, Neil Huntington will have some very difficult decisions to render before potentially overpaying for Park.
I don’t see anyone wanting to have stantons contract. Guess it’s a possibility but highly doubt it
Rangers fan…gimme. here’s Choo and 40 mill, gallo, tate, luke jackson.
Sure, as a fan it’s easy. As an owner taking on $300MM that you will only pay if it’s a vad contract is terrible.
Uh…$25M/year for the game’s best slugger? I think a number of teams…the Yankees, Dodgers, Phillies, Giants, Red Sox, Angels, Cardinals, etc. would be more than happy to take that contract off the Marlin’s hands.
The only way it works out is if he opts-out and the team is smart enough to let him walk.
Phillies would take it