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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.


Sale pitches scoreless first inning in All-Star Game

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Sale pitches scoreless first inning in All-Star Game

Chris Sale's All-Star Game start was short and sweet as the Red Sox ace tossed one scoreless inning before being replaced by Luis Severino in the second.

Sale was greeted at the top of the frame with a leadoff single by Cubs second baseman Javier Baez, but then he settled down and got Nolan Arenado to fly out to left field, followed by a strikeout of Paul Goldschmidt and an inning-ending fly out to center from Freddie Freeman.

The left-hander didn't hold anything back, hitting the 100-mph mark on the radar gun consistently. And even better for Sox fans keeping an eye on his workload this season... Sale only needed nine pitches to complete the inning. 


Jon Lester: David Price 'will figure out Yankees at some point'

Jon Lester: David Price 'will figure out Yankees at some point'

David Price's seemingly never-ending struggles vs the Yankees are bound to end at some point, at least according to one former Red Sox ace.

Following his most recent loss on July 1 to the Bronx Bombers, whom he has an 8.43 ERA against (44 earned runs, 47 innings) in nine starts as a member of the Red Sox, Price told reporters he needed to reinvent himself against the Yanks. "It's time for me to go back to that drawing board and reinvent myself against these guys," he said.

Former Red Sox southpaw Jon Lester, now with the Cubs, doesn't believe that's the case. He explained why at the All-Star Game on Tuesday.

"The reinventing thing I think gets a little overused," Lester told's Christopher Smith. "Because it's not like you're going out there and saying, 'OK, I'm throwing a split today and I've never thrown one.' So you're still working with the same pitches. It may be just sequence a little bit differently."

Lester also pointed out that Price is far from the only pitcher to have significant issues against a particular team.

"We all have trouble against teams," he said. "We all have that one team that kicks our ass and for whatever reason you can't figure it out. Sometimes it's better to go out there and go, 'You know what? Screw it. I'm not grinding this one. I'm just trying to execute one pitch at a time.' And a lot of times when that happens, you look up and you're like, 'Oh, man. I threw the ball pretty well tonight.'"

The Cubs lefty went on to discuss what goes through a pitcher's mind when they take the mound versus a team they historically struggle against.

"When you struggle against a team, it's kind of like, 'OK, when's it going to happen? I got through the first. Is it going to happen in the second? Now I got through the second. OK, now is it going to happen in the third?' Now all of a sudden, base hit to right. 'Damn, OK. Is this the inning?' A walk. 'Oh, man. Yankee Stadium. Got a righty up.' Boom. Three-run homer. And now you're like, 'OK, here it is.' Now you look up and you've given up six."

As much as it could be a real mental issue, Lester is confident Price is about to turn it around, and that "reinventing himself" isn't necessary.

"No, I don't think David Price needs to reinvent himself. I think he's a pretty darn good pitcher and he's been one for a while. I'm sure from what I've heard about him as far as his work ethic and how he goes about his craft, I'm sure he'll figure out the Yankees at some point."