In addition, the newspaper reports that a Major League source says the Red Sox are "definitely in play" for Stanton.
Given the Red Sox' need for at least one more slugger, it would amount to professional malpractice for Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski not to perform due diligence for the Red Sox and explore the trade fully.
Next week's General Manager Meetings could provide further clarity on just how interested the Red Sox are.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Marlins view the St. Louis Cardinals as an appealing suitor in a Stanton trade. Whether the slugger exercises his full no-trade clause remains to be seen, but it certainly seems unlikely that he'd opt for a team that hasn't surfaced above.500 since 2012.
Stanton still has 11 years, $295 million remaining on his contract.
The Red Sox have other options than Stanton.
Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs during 2017 while the Red Sox ranked last in the American League with 168 home runs. Top among them in the free agent market are J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana. The payroll is expected to be reduced by about one-third this offseason under the new ownership.
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