The Red Sox pursuit of home run champ Giancarlo Stanton had presumably slowed to a crawl, but apparently, the pace has picked up.
Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports and the Athletic.com reports that the Red Sox are one of three teams "engaged" in trade talks with the Miami Marlins for Stanton.
More from Rosenthal's story:
The Marlins, sources said, are engaged with three clubs, believed to be the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals and Boston Red Sox. Three other unidentified clubs are on the periphery, capable of entering the mix. Those clubs, however, risk losing out if they do not turn more aggressive, sources said—and it’s not out of the question that Stanton’s appeal might persuade one or more of them to jump in.
It was earlier reported that the Giants and Cardinals had made formal trade offers for Stanton. Could the Red Sox be trying to top those? Also, Stanton, who has a no-trade clause, has reportedly given the Marlins a list of teams he'd accept a trade to, with the Dodgers (Stanton's from Sherman Oaks, Calif.) topping the list.
The 28-year-old slugger, who led MLB with 59 homers in 2017, has an opt-out in 2020 from the $325 million contract he signed with Miami (he has 10 years and $295 million remaining on the initial deal), but the Red Sox willingness to take on that contract might offset the lack of top prospects they'd be able to offer.
Baseball's winter meetings are Dec. 10-14 in Orlando. Expect Stanton to be topic No. 1 there. Here's more on Stanton from NBC Sports Boston Red Sox Insider Evan Drellich.