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Report: Giants, Cardinals, and Phillies were most aggressive in pursuit of Giancarlo Stanton this summer


In a recent column for FanRag Sports, Jon Heyman reports that the Giants, Cardinals, and Phillies were the “most aggressive” in pursuit of Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton this summer. Stanton, of course stayed put, but this remains relevant because the Marlins are expected to hold another firesale under new ownership. Stanton, as well as Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and J.T. Realmuto could be traded, Heyman notes.

Stanton, 27, fell just shy of 60 home runs this past season, finishing with a major league-best 59 dingers and 132 RBI while slashing .281/.376/.631 in 692 plate appearances. It marked only the sixth season out of eight in which he was able to cross the 600-PA threshold. That, and Stanton’s massive 13-year, $325 million contract (of which $295 million and 10 years remain) hampers Stanton’s trade value a bit.

According to Heyman, Stanton places a high priority on winning now, which might make the Cardinals and some other teams on the periphery like the Dodgers and Red Sox a better fit than the Phillies, Giants, and some others.

Mike Fiers may not be ready for start of regular season due to back issue

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Anthony Fenech of the Detroit Free Press reports that Tigers starter Mike Fiers is dealing with a back issue and may not be ready for the start of the season. Manager Ron Gardenhire characterized the injury as a “stiff back” and added, “Maybe a little bit of a bulging disk or something like that.”

Fiers, 32, signed a one-year, $6 million deal with the Tigers in December. He has had a forgettable spring, yielding 12 runs on 10 hits and eight walks with seven strikeouts in 11 1/3 innings.

Fiers had a rotation spot locked up along with Michael Fulmer, Jordan Zimmermann, and Francisco Liriano. Matt Boyd and Daniel Norris were battling it out for the No. 5 spot. If Fiers opens the regular season on the 10-day disabled list, both could have spots in the rotation.