Nick Cafardo is reporting that the Cubs, among many other teams, have inquired on Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
I want to be excited but my immediate thought was, why wouldn't they?
They'd have to be insane not to kick the tires here.
He's 23. He can be part of their long term plans. He is everything the team likes -- he's athletic, he hits for power, plays good defense, works the count. Why wouldn't any team ask about his cost and availability?
Of course, Phil Rogers chimes in and suggests that the Cubs would have to give up Starlin Castro. Well, yes. I don't think anyone would doubt that he would come up in discussions along with Javier Baez, Dan Vogelbach, Albert Almora, and Jorge Soler. The first three played high school ball in Florida and the later two are Cuban (Almora is of Cuban descent), so they seem good fits from a PR/marketing standpoint.
The usual caveats apply here. It's just rumor and speculation and the Cubs are certain to have competition from teams that have more talent to trade -- or at least they can absorb the blow to their organizational depth a whole lot better than the Cubs could.
It's at the pipe dream level right now, but it is fun to think about. How much would you be willing to give up to land Stanton, a proven MLB star who hasn't even reached his peak years yet?
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