Giancarlo Stanton’s trade rumor mill is picking up steam again right as the Miami slugger approaches home run history.
The Cardinals are one of four teams including the Giants, Rangers and Phillies who have inquired about trading for Stanton this offseason according to USA Today baseball columnist and frequent 101ESPN guest, Bob Nightengale:
— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) August 28, 2017
This isn’t the first time the Cardinals have been mentioned among those coveting Stanton’s services, as the club was attached to Marlins trade talks every other day leading up to the July 31 deadline. The difference is the current inquiries come with the knowledge a Derek Jeter-led group will take over Marlins ownership before next season.
Nightengale believes the group will deal Stanton and says the Giants have expressed the strongest interest at this point. None of the inquiring teams have said they’d pay the remaining $295 million over 10 years on Stanton’s massive contract.
The columnist also makes mention the Cardinals “have the money, and certainly the most prospects of any team interested in Stanton, but Stanton also has complete no-trade rights.”
ESPN’s Buster Olney recently wrote the Cardinals “are viewed as early favorites to land Stanton in some corners of the industry,” and echoed Nightengale’s sentiment on their having plenty of prospects for a potential deal.
Stanton currently leads baseball with 50 home runs, 108 RBIs (tied with Colorado’s Nolan Arenado) and a 1.059 OPS entering Monday. Stay tuned to 101ESPN and 101Sports.com for plenty of Cardinals coverage and analysis.