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I swear, I'll do it, so consider this your warning. I'm fully prepared to keep writing semi-annual the-time-is-now-for-Boston-to-trade-for-Giancarlo Stanton missives right up until it actually happens.
If it means pecking out editions and volumes of this column/conjecture/plea every season right up until 2028, when they acquire him and his shot knees at age 38 (think Andre Dawson, 1993), well, I'll get the template ready.
Fortunately, it's not going to come to that. I'm convinced that the Red Sox will make a run at Stanton, the 24-year-old slugger who spent the past season getting pitched around in Miami purgatory, with a bold trade proposal that the Marlins may not be able to resist.
And by bold, I mean this specifically: Every young Red Sox player excluding Xander Bogaerts should be on the table. All of them. Except for No. 72 in your program and No. 1 on your All-Star ballot for the next dozen years.
Globe: Time for another blockbuster trade
Scott Lauber started it a couple days ago. Now Chad Finn is prepped to do one every six months until it happens. Both are saying similar things: everyone except Xander Bogaerts is available for Giancarlo Stanton.
They don't want to let go of top pitching prospect Henry Owens but with prospects like Britton, Workman, de la Rosa & Webster, they can let him. If they want major league players, throw in World Series savior Felix Doubront or Will Middlebrooks. Just get Stanton with Xander and the Sox are set for the next decade.
I wouldn't want to part ways with Owens. He's been filthy in the minors (2.67 ERA, 169 K's in 135 innings) and at the rate he's going, he could be helping the Sox in the bullpen as early as 2014. I'm not ready to give up on Jackie Bradley Jr either. He finally he the wall after climbing through the minor league system in a year. He's still poised be a quality leadoff man and cover so much ground in center field.
If the goal of the Marlins are trying to improve overall while still having control of players then an offer of Doubront, Middlebrooks, Nava, Webster, & Barnes for Stanton & a prospect like Angel Sanchez should be enough. That gives the Marlins some major leaguers that are under their control until 2018 (2019 for Middlebrooks) and it gives them two more arms that are talented enough to make their roster this year.
For the Sox, your outfield now consists of Stanton, Victorino, & JBJ. Depending on what happens with Stephen Drew, Bogaerts becomes your starting shortstop or third basemen. With Doubront gone, the Sox could either re-sign Jake Peavy or use Workman, Anthony Ranaudo, or Steven Wright as their fifth starter.
While he would be a great player to have, I'm not praying that the Sox do whatever it takes to acquire him. The Sox aren't desperate to make a big move like this and to deplete the farm system that they have worked so hard to re-stock. I know Stanton is a phenomenal talent but as of now he's a luxury if the Sox acquire him.
Thanks to Ben Cherington, the Sox are set up to be like the Rays & the Cardinals. Plenty of young prospects ready to keep the team in contention for the forseeable future. He's put the Sox way ahead of schedule in the long term and with a World Series title under his reign, I'm willing to see Cherington's plan of growing talent in the farm system.
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