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A Giancarlo Stanton deal is not imminent


Jerry Crasnick of ESPN reports that a trade involving Giancarlo Stanton “isn’t close to completion.”

Stanton has had meetings with the Giants and Cardinals over the past few days, and it has been reported that a framework for a deal is in place with each team, but Crasnick writes that it’s “a complicated transaction with a lot of moving pieces.” Nothing, of course, happens until Stanton agrees to waive his no-trade clause. Multiple reports have said that Stanton wants to go to the Dodgers and is holding out to see if they enter the sweepstakes, but there is no strong reason to believe they’re particularly interested at present.

The Winter Meetings are next week. In recent years we’ve seen a lot of big deals in the weekend leading up to them, so perhaps things will get moving in the next couple of days.

Dbacks outfielder Steven Souza injured his right shoulder last night

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Arizona Diamondbacks right fielder Steven Souza dove for a ball in a spring training game last night, missed, and ended up injuring his right shoulder.

It looked bad, too. Center fielder Jarrod Dyson stood over him, frantically waving to the dugout for a trainer as Souza kicked his legs in apparent pain. Souza held his arms awkwardly as he walked off the field. At the moment the Dbacks are calling it a right shoulder strain, but he’ll get an MRI on it today after which a more specific diagnosis will come.

If Souza is out for a while it’s a pretty big blow to Arizona’s 2018 plan. Souza was acquired to help cushion the blow of losing J.D. Martinez in free agency. While not the hitter Martinez is, Souza hit 30 homers in Tampa Bay last year, stood likely to at least match that in the more hitter-friendly confines of Chase Field and, of course, plays superior defense.

Potential replacements for Souza include moving David Peralta from left to right and inserting Yasmany Tomas in left or having fourth outfielder Dyson, or perhaps a platoon of Dyson and utilityman Chris Owings, handle right. Socrates Brito is another internal option.

Obviously the Snakes will wait to hear the results of the MRI before going too deeply into replacement plans, all the while hoping that Souza’s injury is far less serious than it appeared to be last night.