The Marlins say they’re probably going to trade Giancarlo Stanton. Can the Cubs afford him?

Those home runs would look pretty good at Wrigley.

While the Cubs scored a lot of runs in 2017 — 822 — and hit 223 home runs, second (by one) in the National League, it’s always nice to improve your offense.

That’s why this article could be of interest, as Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins slugger who crushed 59 home runs in 2017, could be available:

The Marlins privately have come up with a preferred path to meet their $90 million payroll target, but whether it’s entirely realistic is debatable.

According to two sources, the Marlins will look to trade outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, who’s due $25 million next season, and also will try to trade second baseman Dee Gordon and third baseman Martin Prado.

About the other two: The Cubs don’t need Prado, not with Kris Bryant at third base, and they don’t really need Gordon either, with Javier Baez looking like he’ll be the more-or-less regular second baseman in 2018.

Stanton… well now, there’s an idea. There’s a big “However” to this, though. Stanton is owed at least $270 million over the next 11 seasons, as follows:

18:$25M, 19:$26M, 20:$26M,21:$29M, 22:$29M, 23:$32M, 24:$32M, 25:$32M, 26:$29M,27:$25M, 28:$25M club …Read the Rest

Source:: Bleed Cubbie Blue

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