Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors: Two front runners emerge

PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Giancarlo Stanton
PHOENIX, AZ - SEPTEMBER 24: Giancarlo Stanton /

Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are heating up, with two front-runners emerging from the fold. One from the West coast and the other from the Midwest.

The Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are heating up, with two front-runners emerging from the mix. Now, you would think it would be the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Los Angeles Angels, or even the “all-in” Washington Nationals.

One team from the West coast and the other from the Midwest could be the heavy favorites to land the highly sought after slugger. USA Today’s Bob Nightengale reports the details of what could cause a massive shift in the MLB power rankings.

Now some think this could destroy your favorite MLB team, but for the two leaders out of the gate, I would disagree. Let’s start with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Redbirds are in dire need of just one more bat. Only one more, is that too much to ask? The Cardinals were not heavy spenders at the 2017 trade deadline, and this could be the reason why; they want Stanton, and they want him badly.

Keep in mind the Cardinals are loaded with talent within their farm system, so if money isn’t what the Derek Jeter and the Miami Marlins are after, then this could be a nice ace in the hole.

Now let’s talk about the Giants, a team that was snakebitten with injuries in 2017 and lineup with more holes than Michael Jordan’s golf (and baseball) game.

If Stanton doesn’t land in the Arch City, which is my prediction, the City by the Bay would be a nice fit too. The slugger has the power to hit those epic opposite field home runs right into the San Francisco Bay. Now that is exciting!

What contract would the lucky team by acquiring as well?

  • 2018: $25 million
  • 2019: $26 million
  • 2020: $26 million
  • 2021: $29 million
  • 2022: $29 million
  • 2023: $32 million
  • 2024: $32 million
  • 2025: $32 million
  • 2026: $29 million
  • 2027: $25 million
  • 2028: $25 million team option, $10 million buyout.

If that contract makes you a little queasy, this reminder might make you feel a little better.

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Look at his stats, which just keep getting better and better. Giancarlo Stanton led the MLB in home runs (59), RBIs (132), while hitting .281 and also establishing a career-high in hits (168) in 2017.

If he can avoid the bizarre injury bug that has plagued him during his young career, look out the next 10 seasons or so. We have a special player here, folks.

Did you see the hardest hit ball in the MLB in years, smashed by none other than Giancarlo Stanton? Check it out here.

We’ll leave you with one more thing, a collection of all of Stanton’s 59 long bombs from 2017. You might want to grab your popcorn and some coffee, this might take a while.

Watching these excites me for MLB: The Show 2018, where I thought he or Altuve should have graced the cover, but that is neither here nor there. Anyways, the HR derby feature is calling my name and I’m going to call upon Stanton’s.

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With the Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors at a fever pitch, there is no telling where he could end up. If I was a betting man, I’d say he lands in St. Louis, putting the Cardinals over the top in the NL Central in 2018.