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The Red Sox are “an extreme long shot” to acquire Giancarlo Stanton

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Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston reports that, while the Red Sox have been mentioned as a possible suitor of Giancarlo Stanton, they are “an extreme long shot” to make a deal with Miami to acquire him.

The Marlins, Drellich’s source tells him, want both a haul of prospects and salary relief on the $295 million owed Stanton. That’s a steep enough price as it is, but it’s also probably a big bluff given that the Marlins were reported yesterday to be taking the position that, if they can’t trade Stanton, they’ll just cut payroll to the bone otherwise, showing that they’re content to field a terrible team to save money. Based on that, I suspect that, if they do trade Stanton, Miami will do so in a straight salary dump and get little in return.

If Boston — or San Francisco or St. Louis or Los Angeles or any of the other teams interested — wants Stanton, they should wait. The Marlins will ultimately let him go for surprisingly little, I suspect.

 

And That Happened: Thursday’s Score and Highlight

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Yeah, singular. Other than those ESPN Sunday Night games that opened the season for several years until recently I can’t remember a regular season day or night with only one game scheduled. I also don’t much like it, but no one asks me these things.

Cubs 9, Cardinals 6: The Cardinals led 3-1 heading into the Cubs’ half of the fifth, at which point Chicago went off for five runs, with Ian Happ hitting a two run homer and Jason Heyward, Antony Rizzo and Ben Zobrist each knocking in a run. St. Louis would continue to score but each time they did the Cubs answered, never trailing again.

Heyward had three hits on the night, Happ had that dinger, Rizzo had two doubles and Victor Caratini, giving the just-returned All-Star Willson Contreras an extra day off, had three hits and scored three times.

As for pitching, check out this usage pattern from Joe Maddon:

I guess everyone was fresh after the break, though, so why not?

We get a full slate of 15 games today. As God and Nature intended.