But here we are.
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that the Phillies are still after Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. That's not the surprise. The surprise is that Cafardo lists the Phillies as one of 12 teams who would be interested if reigning AL Cy Young winner David Price were to hit the trade block this offseason.
Let's address these in order.
The Phillies interest in Stanton is nothing new and was addressed last month. There is nothing about Stanton that the Phillies shouldn’t like. He is a four year veteran already who has a batting .267/.354/.538 with 113 home runs and 282 RBIs in his career. Last season as a 22 year old, Stanton had his best statistical season batting .290/.361/.608 with 37 home runs and 86 RBIs. He had 34 home runs and 87 RBIs in 2011 but only (I wish I could say that about the Phillies sluggers) hit .262/.356/.537.
The price tag for Stanton is high – sky high. I don’t even know if the Phillies have what it takes in their farm system to get it done. A trade would all but certainly include Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle among a myriad of other players. What is the cost that Amaro would be willing to spend? The thing that makes this situation unique is that it does not necessarily mean “mortgaging the future” because Stanton doesn’t turn 24 until November so he is the future.
As for Price, well he is new. The 28 year-old is coming off of a strong season in which he went 20-5 with a 2.56 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP while taking home the Cy Young Award with the Tampa Bay Rays. In 2013, he was 10-8 with a 3.33 ERA and a 1.10 WHIP. Price is likely to hit the trade block as the Rays have been historically frugal when it comes to paying big-time players (see: Crawford, Carl).
What will it cost the Phillies? Probably a package similar to what it would take to get Stanton. It just doesn't make much sense for the Phillies to mortgage their future for another left-handed starting pitcher. I just cannot foresee the Phillies landing Price.
Remember, he isn't a free agent so it isn't a Cliff Lee situation. Price would have to be traded which means Tampa will want big-time compensation. I don't think there is much to the Price rumor but the Stanton one - well, let's just say Amaro is still trying which is no surprise.
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