Reached for comment about the Stanton report, Dombrowski made it clear via text that he could not speak about any trade talks the Red Sox are involved in but in a nod to the reality that everybody in baseball understands the Red Sox need a big bat, he indicated that the team will explore every option available to them. Reports indicate that the Marlins will have more in-depth trade talks at the meetings in Orlando.
There's also the matter of what young players the Red Sox would part with to make a deal and beat out the other suitors.
We know how quickly things can change during the Major League Baseball offseason, but it would make sense for the Red Sox and other teams to consider options outside of a player who is not a free agent and is still owed $295 million over 10 years.More news: Arsenal identify Wilfried Zaha as £35million replacement for contract rebel Alexis Sanchez
Stanton is owed $285 million over the next 10 seasons, however he can opt-out after the 2020 season.
"They're definitely in play", the source said of the Red Sox, who are at least exploring the possibility of acquiring the Majors' reigning home run king.
In eight seasons with the Marlins, Stanton, 28, has produced 960 hits in 986 games, with 202 doubles, 267 home runs, 672 RBIs and a.268/.360/.554 slash. Like the Cardinals, they also have their eyes on other players, J.D. Martinez for example (the Cardinals are looking into Jackie Bradley Jr. of Boston), but remain in touch with the Marlins, perhaps only doing their due diligence.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, are prepared to increase payroll, even to the point of exceeding the luxury tax threshold.