If the New York Mets were to lose slugger Yoenis Cespedes to free agency, Sandy Alderson the team’s general manager would need to find some way in which to put together the team’s offense for 2017 so it can compete for a National League East title.
Of course, that would mean combining the already existing outfielders on the team and a free agent right-handed hitting outfielder. In addition, New York may try to make a trade to fill the void left by Cespedes, if he signs with another team.
One Boston based newspaper says that one of the league’s biggest sluggers on the market might be available to the Mets.
In an article that listed players that have large contracts that might be traded during the offseason, the name of Giancarlo Stanton appeared.
Stanton, the star slugger for the Miami Marlins could land in New York in a trade if the Mets and Marlins could find the right combinations of players to make it work.
The death of Marlins pitcher Jose Fernandez is involved in the reasoning that Stanton could be traded to the Mets. If the Marlins look to change their course and rebuild for team with strong young talent, then Stanton’s name might come up as a way for the Marlins to receive talented young players in exchange for the slugger.
The price tag may be big in both cash and players but what team would not call the Marlins if the word came out they were looking to trade the star.
Stanton is just 27, but had a poor season in 2016. The outfielder hit .240 in 119 games. It is hard imagining any MLB team getting the slugger unless it gave up a tidy sum.
Injuries have kept Stanton from finding a consistency at the plate to make him an elite player on offense. His power sets him apart, but he has yet to reach 40 home runs in a season due to those injuries.
Miami signed Stanton to a long-term deal prior to the 2015 season and that could be the biggest deterrent to any trade. Stanton has the league’s largest deal for multi-years at 13 years and $325 million.
Beginning next season, Stanton will be owed an outrageous $309.5 million over the upcoming 11 seasons.
There is an opt-out in the contract following 2020. Over the upcoming four seasons, Stanton will be paid $91.5 million prior to possibly using the opt-out option.