The Giants have their sights set on outfielders this offseason, and while they may not have the plethora of top prospects needed to attract someone of Giancarlo Stanton‘s caliber, there are still plenty of other options on the market. Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the club has interest in trading for Red Sox’ centerfielder Jackie Bradley Jr., who could help bolster an outfield that currently features Jarrett Parker, Denard Span and Hunter Pence.
Bradley, 27, regressed a little during the 2017 season. After putting up career-best numbers in 2016, he finished his latest campaign with a .245/.323/.402 batting line, 17 home runs and 2.3 fWAR over 541 plate appearances. He was also sidelined for several weeks with a sprained right knee and injured his thumb on a slide into home plate. Despite his inconsistencies at the plate, however, he still profiles well on defense and would represent a massive upgrade for the Giants in center field.
Bradley may not have the power bat that Stanton brings to the plate, but there’s no denying that his defense and affordable contract make for an appealing package. Unlike the Marlins’ slugger, he’s scheduled to remain under team control through the 2020 season. Of course, should the Red Sox strike out in the Stanton sweepstakes, they may not want to relinquish one of the league’s best gloves, either.
We’re entering what is typically one of the slowest news weeks in the baseball calendar. Occasionally some big free agents sign around now. For example, it was 20 years ago today Andres Galarraga signed with the Braves, and I still remember being in an airport on the way home to visit my parents when I heard the news. I’m an old man.
The biggest news that is likely to happen this offseason is Giancarlo Stanton being traded. That hasn’t happened yet, but here are the latest bits of news on that:
Jon Morosi of MLB Network reports that the Cardinals have made a formal trade offer to the Marlins for Stanton. No word what they’re offering, but the clubs have been in discussion for some time and it has been reported that the Marlins are the most interested in doing a deal with St. Louis due to the prospects they could send to Miami. There is a sense, however, that Stanton would be hesitant to approve a trade to the Cardinals because he prefers to play on the West Coast;
The Giants play on the west coast, and over the weekend they were reported to be the “most aggressive team” in trade talks for Stanton at the moment. Ken Rosenthal reports that the Giants have likewise made an offer. Their farm system is nowhere near as stocked as that of the Cardinals, so it’s unclear whether they have the prospects to make Miami happy. They could, of course, eat a lot of Stanton’s $295 million contract to make up for that, of course, but (a) doing so would put them over the luxury tax; and (b) the Marlins no doubt want to spur a rebuild with a Stanton trade, so if they can’t get some blue chip prospects back in return, what’s the point?
UPDATE: Who knows if this is anywhere close to enough — I’m guessing not — but this is what the Giants reportedly have on the table:
Anyway, that’s where we are as we begin Thanksgiving week.