Originally Posted by mth123
Reds fans won't like this, but a team in a much better position to deal for Stanton is St. Louis. Oscar Taveras along with one of Allen Craig or Matt Adams and one of Shelby Miller or Carlos Martinez and another prospect (say Tyrell Jenkins) would be a much better package without really making any holes on the current Cards roster.
An Oscar Taveras/ Allen Craig/ Shelby Miller deal is massive. The Marlins would likely insist on Carlos Martinez and Trevor Rosenthal as well, while shuffling off Ricky Nolasco. (At least I would, were I the GM.)
That'd give the Marlins a semblance of a lineup to look forward to in a couple of years while also keeping seats warm on the big league team.
A Marisnick/ Taveras/ Yelich OF could be a joy to watch in two or three years. Fast, three CF defensively with power and serious tools. (And, if you're not a believer in Marisnick, there are a bunch of others in that system; they have a ton of interesting OFers and LHP.) Add Craig as a 1B slugger and Dietrich as a Dan Uggla clone at 2B, and I could see Miami making a run in a couple of years with a lineup of:
A possible rotation of Jacob Turner, Miller, Martinez, Jose Fernandez, and Eovaldi or Nicolino sure could be tough. Add in a slew of high upside prospects and Rosenthal as the back end of the bullpen, and you've got enough for a team to consider moving a talent like Stanton.
Meanwhile, St. Louis would run the following lineup out there:
Studly, that. Better than the proposed Cincinnati lineup, IMO.
And their rotation would likely be:
With Jake Westbrook in tow as erstwhile sixth starter (and Joe Kelly behind him), you've got some serious arms there as well.
The pen is still a work in progress, but, yeah, that deal makes a lot of sense for both teams.
Nice job, mth.