It’s a Hot Stove deteriorate – a time when rumors fly about willy-nilly. So here’s one to start with that we competence as good have some fun with: Giancarlo Stanton.
Sure, we will be a initial (actually substantially a 43rd) to contend that this gossip has about as many legs to mount on as a Black Knight from Scene 4 of Monty Python and a Holy Grail, but there indeed is somebody who put in essay a thought that a Atlanta Braves might have seductiveness in Giancarlo Stanton this winter.
Here’s a full quote, entrance from a Boston’s Globe’s Nick Cafardo, in a story about 35 names and teams to watch this off-season:
2. Giancarlo Stanton, RF, Marlins — It’ll take vital creativity and income to make a trade happen, though all indications from Marlins crew contend they will try to understanding Stanton. There’ll be all sorts of proposals, some involving lots of prospects, some involving a lot of income a Marlins would have to eat. There’s also a no-trade sustenance involved. Stanton doesn’t wish to go to a rebuilding team. He’s also from a West Coast, so that competence be a preference. The list of teams that could be in a hunt embody a Dodgers, Giants, Yankees, Red Sox, Cardinals, Rangers, Phillies, and Braves. Am we crazy to consider about Aaron Judge and Stanton in a same lineup?
Okay, Atlanta is indeed mentioned final among a 8 teams named. And there’s positively no outmost confirmation to this whatsoever – so it’s pristine conjecture on a partial of this writer.
Actually, we aria to remember anything we’ve ever quoted from Cafardo that ever panned out, though … whatever.
Just for fun, we’ll chuck this in from a same column, that is maybe a hold some-more plausible:
27. Atlanta Braves — GM John Coppolella lost his pursuit since of general signing violations. MLB has reportedly excluded group boss John Hart of any wrongdoing. Hart will now collect a new GM and is deliberation Washington assistants Dan Jennings and Doug Harris and presumably Ben Cherington. The Braves competence also be removing closer to spending income as a contender again.
Okay, that final line… ‘may also be removing tighten to spending income as a contender again‘. Right – that partial is a bit that creates this whole anticipation rather plausible, and maybe generally so in a arise of this off-season daze that could cost Atlanta dearly.
So let me paint a unfolding in that a thought of removing a many costly actor in ball competence indeed work for a Braves, and we can paint your possess portraits of scorn later.
All righty. The initial and second things that would have to occur engage a dual dilemma outfield positions. So we’ll usually assume a following:
- Nick Markakis – traded for all though maybe $2-3 million of his deal. Let’s contend “$3 million” for a consequence of this exercise. we don’t caring who or what comes behind in a deal… not partial of a range today.
- Matt Kemp – undisguised expelled -or- traded to Cafardo’s Boston Red Sox in a unfolding we’ve discussed here before: Rusney Castillo.
Why even do a latter? Because $40 million (what a Braves still owe Kemp) is still a lot to swallow and Castillo represents both a possibility to save a bit of cash, and supplement a ‘hot backup’ in Castillo that during slightest has some value in box of an injury.
But in a misfortune case, recover Kemp.
So now we have no dilemma outfielders… Ronald Acuna will get a mark this Spring – and either it’s LF/CRF/RF… we don’t caring today. Stanton would substantially get a right margin corner.
So now a Braves have saved somewhere between $7 million and $27 million or so, depending on a particulars.
Right now, my off-season guess has a group spending a smallest of $84 million (+/-) with Markakis and Matt Adams out of a equation. If Kemp were released, afterwards zero unequivocally changes. If he is dealt, afterwards maybe that save a bit some-more – suggesting adult to half of his understanding in a Castillo swap.
Well right there is scarcely adequate to compensate for Stanton…and even if Atlanta were to work from that $84 million figure, they could still compensate him though surpassing final year’s payroll (and it wouldn’t even be close).
Oh – that $40 million for Kemp? … okay, that would have to be dealt with separately.
But here’s a thing… Stanton’s agreement isn’t going to demeanour that appalling in another 3-4 years.
In fact, usually wait until we see what Bryce Harper, Molan Arenado, Manny Machado, and Mike Trout eventually get from their up-coming giveaway representative deals. Sure – Stanton peaks during $32 million as partial of his back-loaded understanding (2023-24), though fact is, he might indeed select to opt out after 2020 anyway… usually 3 seasons.
Either way, we get him in his primary now and go by 2027 (there’s an choice for 2028) during dollars that are going to demeanour ‘normal’ for a middle-of-the-order slugger.
Heck, Kemp is removing $21.75 million today. Justin Upton usually concluded on terms that will compensate him $21+ million for 5 some-more years in Los Angeles. The cost for attack is high, and not removing lower. Stanton during slightest represents the best in ball for slugging right now.
I’m not even disturbed about what Stanton competence cost in prospects. The Marlins’ arch regard is about cost reduction, though certain – they will wish a integrate of decent prospects behind as good – even if a trade partner opts to take on a full contract.
But should a Braves spend a integrate of reward pitchers (and more) to set adult a lineup that competence demeanour like this in another year or two?
It’s a fantasy, though did we usually get your courtesy with that?