Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is having a monster season. The 27-year-old corner outfielder blew past his career-high in home runs. He’s on a second-half tear that saw him hit home runs in six consecutive games and an absurd 23 homers over a stretch of 35 games played. Stanton’s slash line as of the middle of August is .287/.378/.645 with 44 home runs — and a reasonable shot at getting to 60, considering his pace.
But for a lot of reasons, the Marlins would be wise to look at moving Stanton in the offseason. He is signed on a long-term deal that will pay him at least $295 million over the next 10 seasons. Despite his outstanding performance this season Stanton has struggled to keep his large body healthy for a full season throughout his career. In seven previous seasons, he’s played 125 games or more just twice.
We examined the handful of MLB teams that might want to take Stanton off Miami’s hands this offseason.
7. St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have shown some interest in making a move for Stanton, and that would make some sense. St. Louis is a mid-sized market with big-market cash assets, but it often operates like a small-market team.
In short, assuming Stanton’s massive contract wouldn’t be a problem for the Cardinals in theory. But given how they’ve come up short in free agency in recent years — on Jason Heyward, David Price, Max Scherzer, and others – -because of simply being out-bid, we can assume that St. Louis wouldn’t deal for Stanton without some of it being paid. That will cost them some prospects, which is something the Cards could probably afford.
They have injured starter Alex Reyes, fresh off Tommy John surgery, as well as other quality young players such as Paul DeJong, Harrison Bader, and Carson Kelly. It’s all about the theory of making a deal for the Cardinals, though. In theory, they’re a great match. But will they either spend the money or let go of the prospects? Hard to say.