Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers and is eligible to be traded to any team, sources recently told Jeff Passan of Yahoo! Sports.
According to Passan, four teams, including the Giants, have already reached out the Marlins, with having already exchanged player names prior to the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
Stanton, 27, is hitting .283 with a .374 OBP, while leading the league in home runs (43) and slugging percentage (.640).
He is in the third year of a 13-year, $325 million contract, which contains a no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020. The deal also includes a $25 million team option for 2028.
Matthew Cerrone (Twitter | Instagram | About Me): The Mets have the opening in the outfield and seemingly have the money. I am not sure they have prospects, but sitting here, just looking at the parts and pieces, this is something Sandy Alderson has to consider when thinking about the next few seasons.
According to SNY contributor Adam Rubin, the Mets have roughly $85 million committed to player salaries for 2018 when factoring in potential raises for arbitration-eligible players. If the plan is to again have a $150-160 million payroll, like they had at the start of this current season, it will leave around $70 million to spend this winter on new talent. They're going to need to spend on a legit player for either second base or third base, with someone in-house filling the other spot. They also need to add a starting outfielder (either a corner guy or center fielder), two or three relievers, and possibly a catcher.
Aug 8, 2017; Stanton (27) hits a three run homer at Nationals Park. Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
Basically, if he's interested, Alderson will likely be asked by Miami to give up at least one elite prospect, if not two, and who knows what else, to essentially acquire Stanton, the 10 years and $295 million contract, his history of injury and his massive potential for power.
Stanton will earn $25 million next season, which (if factoring in his salary) would leave $30 million or so for Alderson to spend on an infielder and a few relievers. I think this is doable, but - again - it depends on what Miami is asking for in trade... assuming they even want to make a deal with the division rival Mets. The Phillies reportedly intend to also pursue Stanton, who would seemingly also fit in well with the Giants and Red Sox.
By the way, don't forget, the Mets and Marlins hooked up on a trade prior to the non-waiver deadline, swapping prospects for closer AJ Ramos. So, they're at least somewhat familiar with one another's rosters and farm systems. So, if you're wanting Stanton, this can only help...