It’s weird to think about, but Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton had never hit more than 37 home runs in a season coming into 2017. It makes a little more sense when you consider the injuries he’d endured over the previous seven years, but still. A man with his power hadn’t hit 40?
Stanton set a new career-high on Tuesday night against the Nationals, belting his 38th homer of the season to further his major league lead. It was a three-run shot that came on a first-pitch A.J. Cole fastball, sailing well into the left-center field seats at Nationals Park.
Stanton came into Tuesday’s game batting .277/.370/.611 and now has 83 RBI to go along with the 38 dingers. Pretty good.
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Brewers may be interested in Jake Arrieta.
The Brewers could definitely use a front line starter, especially with Jimmy Nelson slated to miss a good chunk of next season due to a rotator cuff injury. Arrieta will be expensive, obviously, but the Brewers have a lot more payroll flexibility than most teams, with only minimal money due on long term contracts. Most of that is for Ryan Braun, but even the outlay for him is reasonable, with deferred money involved. Tom Haudricourt of the Journal-Sentinel laid all of that out back in October.
Milwaukee had a surprisingly good 2017 and they have the ability to add in free agency or to take on salary in trades if they want to. Maybe they don’t get Arrieta but they could make a splash this offseason.