Wow, Toronto Blue Jays.
Welcome back to being relevant in the AL East again.
With the shocking trade announced just hours ago between the Miami Marlins and the Tortonto Blue Jays, first reported here by the Fox Sports tandem of Ken Rosenthal and Jon Paul Morosi, the Blue Jays have just repositioned themselves in the American League.
Monster trade. Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes, John Buck and Emilio Bonafacio are all headed north of the border. Toronto's rotation arguably becomes the second best in the AL East.
Miami is mostly getting salary relief back.
Why? This tweet below from Stanton says it all.
"Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple."
Giancarlo Stanton @Giancarlo818
He should be. Miami effectively gutted its team one year after selling its new ballpark as a fresh beginning for the organization, fans and the market.
Ben Cherington needs to be on the phone right now. If Cherington had made the same trade the Blue Jays just made, they would be singing his praises on Yawkey Way and dancing in the streets.
Adding Johnson and Buehrle would have made the Sox's rotation immediately better. Reyes would have solved the revolving door at short.
But Stanton is the real prize. A 23-year-old cost-controlled slugger who had a slash line of .290/.361/.608 with 37 homers last season.
Imagine that in the middle of the Sox's order. If Miami is having a fire sale, it's time for the Sox to get involved.
There are very few players that I would advocate the Sox trading a couple of their top minor league players for, but Stanton is one of them.
The Sox should start the conversation with Anthony Ranaudo, Ryan Lavarnway, Bryce Brentz, Garin Cecchini and Brandon Jacobs and see where that takes them. These are prospects.
Stanton is the real deal with three seasons of great production at the major league level.
Stanton would solve many immediate problems for the Sox and would leave them with the talent in the minor league system they would need for other deals.
For a franchise in desperate need of star power, Stanton would be a perfect fit.
Time to be bold.