The Giants are in desperate need of a young, slugger. Someone like Giancarlo Stanton.
The Marlins right fielder hit 59 home runs in 2017. Brandon Belt (18), Brandon Crawford (14), Hunter Pence (13) and Buster Posey (12) combined to hit 57 home runs this past season.
But acquiring the 28-year-old won't come cheap. Stanton is under contract for 10 more seasons and $285 million. The 11th season of his current contract is a team option worth $25 million. He can be bought out of that season for $10 million. Stanton does have the ability to opt out of the contract after the 2020 season.
In addition to taking on a large sum of money, the Giants might have to part with highly coveted prospects. 2017 first-round pick Heliot Ramos has reportedly been discussed by the Giants and Marlins, according to MLB.com.
So is Stanton worth all this for the Giants?
"It is because of what happened to the Giants last year, losing 98 ballgames. There were just some games that were not fun to watch for our fans. And when you have a loyality of fans, you have to justify them coming to the ballpark every day, every game. And you have to get them excited about wanting to come to the ballpark after a 98-loss season," broadcast Mike Krukow said on KNBR 680 on Tuesday. "So from that perspective, I think it totally make sense to bring in a guy like Giancarlo Stanton. You're going to have to spend a lot of money, but he's going to put a lot of people in the seats to see him play. I think this guy is finally getting back to the player we all thought he would be before he got hit in the face."
"If you get him, you're going to have to eat a lot of money and it's going to cost you a lot of your prospects. This team was built to win last year. They are built to win this year and that window gets a little bit small each year because your veterans get older. It's gotta be an all-in or all-rebuild attitude and I don't think they are even close to an all-rebuild, so because of that, I do believe Giancarlo Stanton is worth the risk," Krukow said.
We have some sad news to report.
Skeeter, the lovable four-legged member of Matt Duffy's family, passed away in Long Beach on Saturday night. He was 15 years old.
Duffy made the news public with an Instagram post on Sunday evening.
"Even when it's expected, losing a member of the family is never easy. Sometimes you'd forget this little guy was even a cat. After 15 awesome years, last night we had to say goodbye to Skeeter boy. Thank you for all the love and support that Skeets has gotten over the past couple of years. Our furry little light has gone dark," Duffy wrote.
Skeeter, slightly overweight for his size, stole the hearts of Giants fans after Duffy made his debut with the Giants in August of 2014.
When Duffy was traded to the Tampa Bay Rays at the 2016 trade deadline, Skeeter remained in California with Duffy's parents.
The Giants are looking to land the biggest fish of them all in a home-run-hitting sea.
San Francisco reportedly proposed a trade offer with the Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton. On Sunday, GM Bobby Evans opened up on the possibility of a deal getting done.
"The Marlins made it clear that when you get close to a deal, then they'll approach the player," Evans said on MLB Network Radio. "I don't think they would be talking to us if they didn't think there was a good chance something like that could get approved. But, they haven't given us an answer relative to that yet. Certainly, we're very early in the process."
While reports surfaced Friday of the Giants make an offer to the Marlins, details have not yet become clear. And it sounds like Evans is still looking for an answer as to what Miami's front office is looking for.
"We don't have any indication at this point from the Marlins as to what their expectations are," Evans says.
Complicating matters is Stanton's monster of a contract. Stanton is guaranteed $295 million over the next 10 seasons. His contract includes a full no-trade clause and an opt-out after 2020.
"With a move like that, I think that the process typically when we're dealing with Miami or any other club, a guy with a no-trade, you don't really get any clarity on that until you get closer to a deal," Evans said.
The Giants are trying to turn the clock to 25 years ago in 1992 when in the offseason, Barry Bonds won the National League MVP with the Pirates and then joined the Giants as a free agent. Matters are a bit different as the Giants would acquire Stanton via trade, but the 28-year-old just won the NL MVP after hitting league-leading 59 home runs.