After one of the more interesting Major League Baseball seasons in recent memory, a blockbuster offseason is expected and the biggest star on the move will likely be reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton. There’s no shortage of interest in the $325-million man, and like just about anything else these days, there’s odds on what uniform he could end up in.
Online sportsbook [custom:bovada-link] opened the San Francisco Giants as a -250 favorite to land the biggest fish available and it’s a destination that makes sense. A rumoured package of prospects, cash and second baseman Joe Panik is apparently on the table for Stanton and Dee Gordon, but there’s no indication that the deal is being seriously entertained by the Marlins. The Giants are in desperate need of a big bat as they ranked 29th in runs scored, and last in home runs and OPS in 2017. Stanton is a California native and it’s believed he’d be interested in playing on the West Coast.
The St. Louis Cardinals have the second-best odds at +250 and have already made a formal trade offer for the 28-year-old slugger. St. Louis has been without a premier power threat since Albert Pujols’ departure six seasons ago and the addition of Stanton could give the stale club an injection of life. The Cards have missed the playoffs the past two seasons after appearing in the postseason in five straight seasons from 2011 to 2015.
Then, of course, we have the usual big spenders of the Red Sox (+750), Dodgers (+1200) and Yankees (+1400) in the mix. After two straight disappointing playoff exits, it wouldn’t be surprising to see the Red Sox make a big splash, while the Dodgers might be inclined to go all-in now after coming within a game of winning the World Series. With some contracts coming off the books, the Yankees are expected to break out the checkbook in a big way at some point but might prefer to wait to go after Bryce Harper and/or Manny Machado next offseason.
Stanton has a full no-trade clause and is coming off a career-best season in which he hit 59 home runs with 132 RBIs. Stanton stayed healthy the entire season, but a red flag for any potential suitor is the fact that he has missed significant chunks of time throughout his career. Still, a player like this doesn’t become available often, so the risk is worth the reward with the NL MVP still on the right side of 30.
Odds as of November 21 at [custom:bovada-link]