It’s no secret Boston Red Sox fans want Giancarlo Stanton and want him badly. I mean, why wouldn’t you? His raw power is in a class of its own, he’s a decent defender, and he’s only freakin’ 24 years old! Oh, and just imagine his sweet right-handed swing in Fenway Park with the Green Monster only a short distance away from home plate. You’d be crazy to pahk your cah on Lansdowne Street whenever Stanton was penciled into the lineup, because there’s a good chance you’ll leave the game with a shattered car window.
That being said, Boston should not prioritize pursuing Stanton this offseason. Before you hastily, and prematurely, scoff at me, give me a chance to share my rationale.
The Red Sox have a talented crop of outfielders now and looking ahead to next season. This includes Yoenis Cespedes, Allen Craig, Mookie Betts, Jackie Bradley Jr., Shane Victorino, Daniel Nava, Brock Holt, and the newly-signed Rusney Castillo.
Not only does Boston not have an urgent need for another outfielder, but they have a logjam. What’s bound to happen is they’ll have to deal two or three of those guys before the ’15 season commences.
I like Stanton as much as the next guy, however, Boston should look to improve their inexperienced rotation before upgrading a strong surplus.
If Cherington and Co. decide to sacrifice coveted-prospect(s) for anybody it should be for a pitcher. Whether that be for Cole Hamels or someone else, that needs to be their main focus.
Surely they could acquire pitching on the free agent market, yet Boston’s shown of late they’re weary to pay top-dollar for prized free agents. This puts Boston at a huge disadvantage to acquire a Jon Lester or Max Scherzer on the free-agent market.
Conversely, given their abundance of talented prospects, the Red Sox have a leg up on other teams on the trade market.
So, really, the wise thing to do in this situation would be to offer a package of prospects for a quality starter before draining your farm system on Stanton. If, however, they find a way to acquire say a James Shields on the free agent market then, yes, by all means get the man. They just need to get their priorities straight before attempting to land the biggest fish on the trade market.