The San Francisco Giants think they may have found a quick fix for last year’s home run problems. According to the oddsmakers, the club is currently the favorite to land slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in a trade this offseason.
Behind those three teams, Bovada also lists the Los Angeles Dodgers, New York Yankees and Philadelphia Phillies as possible favorites to deal for the slugger. You can also bid on “any other team,” which is going off at 12/1. So, if you think the San Diego Padres are a big dark horse here … you can put your hard-earned cash down on them.
It shouldn’t be a huge surprise to see the Giants leading the way at the moment. The team has been mentioned recently as an interested party. They were even rumored to have made an offer for Stanton, though the reported deal seemed to be lacking for the slugger.
MLB.com’s Jon Paul Morosi reported that the Cardinals also submitted an offer for Stanton, and that the Red Sox and Dodgers were expected to do the same soon. It’s no mistake those were the top-four teams mentioned by Bovada. The oddsmakers read the same stuff as the rest of us.
The Yankees and Phillies are both popular teams with young, promising players. While Stanton might make more sense for the Yankees considering they are coming off a playoff appearance, many believe the Phillies are ready to make a big splash in their rebuild now that most of their prospects are ready.
The Giants’ interest in Stanton is obvious, though the team has a number of issues to address if it wants to get back into playoff contention. Then again, maybe they see Stanton as a possible savior.
For a while there, Stanton singlehandedly had the 2017 Marlins on the verge of a playoff spot. That’s proof that anything’s possible when he’s healthy.
More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports:
– – – – – – –