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Report: Giants and Marlins ‘close’ to Stanton trade

Report: Giants and Marlins ‘close’ to Stanton trade

The San Francisco Giants and Miami Marlins are “likely at least close to agreeing” on a trade that would send slugger Giancarlo Stanton to San Francisco, but Stanton, of course, would have to OK the deal, Jon Heyman of and the MLB Network reported.

Ken Rosenthal of the MLB Network and reported that Giants executives met with Stanton on Thursday in Los Angeles to sell Stanton, the NL MVP and major league home run leader last season with 59, on the deal and get him to waive his no-trade clause. 

The Giants have reportedly offered second baseman Joe Panik, as well as top prospects Tyler Beede, a right-handed pitcher, and Chris Shaw, a first baseman, in their initial offer. The Giants are also willing to pay a “substantial portion” of the $295 million Stanton is due over the next 10 years, Heyman reported. 

Stanton, from the Los Angeles area, was said to be interested in going to his hometown Dodgers or the Giants. The Red Sox, thought to be in on Stanton trade discussions earlier this week, have been termed “an extreme long shot” to land him, a source told NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich.

The Red Sox have reportedly turned their attention to a trade for Chicago White Sox first baseman Jose Abreu.


Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

Strong Grapefruit League debut for Price

David Price's Grapefruit League debut was nearly perfect.

The Red Sox left-hander pitched four scoreless innings, allowing a hit and a walk and striking out five in a 7-5 victory over the Toronto Blue Jays in Fort Myers, Fla.

Price threw 55 pitches, 34 for strikes. He cruised through the first on nine pitches. He allowed the single and walk in the second.  

"It feels good. This is March 15 and I've never been able to have a four-pitch mix on March 15," Price told reporters after his start. "I've never been this far along in spring training even though I've only thrown in one game. I'm excited about that."

The Red Sox open March 29 at Tampa Bay, with Chris Sale likely to start. Price will likely pitch the second game of the season, March 30 at Tropicana Field.