Tuesday, August 15, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton clears waivers; are the Phillies a landing spot?

Could Philadelphia be a landing spot for Giancarlo Stanton?
Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has cleared waivers, making him eligible to be traded to any team willing to pony up a knockout package to the Miami Marlins.

For Stanton to be moved though he'll have to waive his full no-trade clause that came with his 13-year, $325 million contract extension he signed in 2014.

The 27-year-old leads the major leagues in home runs with 43, and has hit 10 home runs in his last 11 games. He also leads the National League in slugging percentage and is among major league leaders in runs batted in, OPS, and runs scored.

The Philadelphia Phillies are one of several teams that have shown an interest in landing the four-time All-Star, along with the New York Yankees and St. Louis Cardinals.

The Phillies have the financial flexibility to pull off a move like this, but it would drastically alter the rebuild process as some of the prospects penciled in to the future lineup would likely be shipped to Miami in any deal.

Also, does it make sense for the Marlins to deal one of baseball's best bats to a divisional rival?

A major league official told the Philadelphia Baseball Review just last month that he estimated the likelihood of the Phillies acquiring Stanton to be at about three-percent.

I's routine for big stars to clear waivers after the trade deadline, it just so happens Stanton's name has already been bounced around the Philadelphia landscape.

Possible? Sure.

Likely to happen any time soon? Probably not, especially considering the Marlins are in the midst of an ownership change after being sold for $1.2 billion.
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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