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Phillies Are in Great Position to Acquire Giancarlo Stanton.

Marlins Superstar Giancarlo Stanton may have cleared waivers, and has up to 13 teams pursuing him, but the Philadelphia Phillies may be in the best position to reel in the game’s best power hitter.

The Phillies have an incredibly deep farm system

Recently, MLB.com ranked the Phillies’ farm system as the 6th best in baseball. They had six players in the Top 100, and could have more when this list is re-done at the end of the season. Matt Klentak has done a very good job in building the pipeline in less than two seasons.

The Miami Marlins would want at least four or five prospects back for their best players, headlined by a “can’t-miss” prospect. The Phillies could build a package around either 2016 first overall pick Micky Moniak or top prospect J.P. Crawford, and then throw in the likes of Cornelius Randolph, Sixto Sanchez, Franklyn Kilome, Adonis Medina, Kevin Gowdy, Roman Quinn, Carlos Tocci, or Victor Arano.

The MLB team has good young talent

Despite being the worst team in the league, the everyday roster has some quality players. Aaron Altherr was off to a great start before injuries derailed his season as of late, Odubel Herrera bounced back after a tough start, Freddy Galvis is a quality shortstop, Cesar Hernandez is a gritty player, etc.

While most teams would likely not offer any of their every day players, the Phillies have the luxury of doing so, since many of them are blocking the youth. However, if the Phillies include Cesar Hernandez in a Stanton deal, they can bring up Scott Kingery to replace him.

The Phillies can take on ALL of Stanton’s contract.

Money has, and always will, become a sticking point when it comes to trade negotiations. There are only a few teams that would be willing to eat money when it comes to a trade. The Phillies have shown over the past season they will eat salary if it nets them a great return for prospects. Over the past few years, they ate parts or all of the following players:

Cole Hamels

Matt Harrsion

Pat Neshek

Joaquin Benoit

Howie Kendrick

Jeremy Hellickson

Ryan Howard

The Marlins would want a potential trade partner to take on all of the remaining $295 million (!!!) of Stanton’s contract. The Phillies, who have one of the lowest payrolls in baseball and one of the deepest treasuries, can take on the deal.

Will this happen? Probably not, but if it does, the Phillies will at least be in the conversation.

 

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