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Source: Stanton hasn't ruled out Red Sox, keeping 'completely' open mind

Source: Stanton hasn't ruled out Red Sox, keeping 'completely' open mind

The Red Sox may not be Giancarlo Stanton’s No. 1 choice, but he hasn’t ruled out them or anyone else as a potential destination at this point, a person with knowledge of Stanton’s thinking told NBC Sports Boston on Tuesday. 

The Marlins slugger, a bona fide star, is said to have a “completely” open mind about teams interested to trade for him, and is actively trying to be thoughtful about the process — one he ultimately controls because of a full no-trade clause.

Coming off a 59-homer season, Stanton has been linked to the Red Sox, Giants, Cardinals and Phillies this offseason as the Marlins look to shed the $295 million he could be potentially paid over the next 10 years. 

The Boston Herald reported that it was one source’s understanding that Stanton will not accept a trade to Boston or St. Louis.

It’s only human nature to have preferences, and Stanton does. There’s an industry belief he would love to go to San Francisco, where he’d be close to home. He grew up in Southern California. But, for the right reasons, Stanton can be persuaded to go most anywhere.

The Red Sox may wind up bowing out of the Stanton sweepstakes for other reasons, ultimately, such as the cost in prospects and dollars, rather than Stanton’s preferences.

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Sandy Leon: 'I’m going to try to do my job again' despite trade rumors

Sandy Leon: 'I’m going to try to do my job again' despite trade rumors

The Boston Red Sox kept three catchers on their roster for most of the 2018 season. However, it seems unlikely that they will do that again.

Ahead of the start of the 2019 MLB season, the team is trying to move on from one of the catchers on their big league roster. Christian Vazquez, Blake Swihart, and Sandy Leon have all been mentioned as players that could move, but the latest trade rumors have surrounded Leon.

In the face of these rumors, Leon opened up to Alex Speier of The Boston Globe and seemed unphased about having to win a job at the big-league level.

I’m going to try to do my job again. It can be here, it can be for any team. We all three can play in the big leagues, Christian, Swihart, and me. I feel like we’re good catchers and we can play for any team.

Essentially, nobody knows what will happen at the catcher position, but all the candidates are preparing for whatever happens. And as Alex Cora pointed out, also per Speier, it's just part of the business of baseball.

“It’s just the nature of the business. We’ve all been there,” said Cora. “That sounds hard but we’re not here to accommodate guys. We’re here to make decisions based on the team and if you have to go to Arizona, you understand that. I know it sounds bad but it’s actually not bad.”

While many expected that the Red Sox would have their catcher situation figured out ahead of the start of the season, it's possible that the team could start the year with three catchers on the roster. That would buy them some extra time to try and trade one of them to a catcher-needy squad.

Of course, keeping three catchers would only be temporary, especially considering that the extra one would likely be taking the roster spot of Dustin Pedroia, who is targeting an April 9 return for the Sox' home opener.

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Highlights from the Red Sox' 10-6 spring win over the Twins

Highlights from the Red Sox' 10-6 spring win over the Twins

FINAL SCORE: Red Sox 10, Twins 6

IN BRIEF:  The Boston Red Sox used the power of the long-ball to beat up on the Minnesota Twins. Andrew Benintendi hit a homer on the first pitch he saw and the Sox cracked back-to-back-to-back homers in the third inning to put the game permanently out of reach.

HIGHLIGHTS:

1st inning

Andrew Benintendi homers to right (1-0 BOS)

Xander Bogaerts singles to right, Eduardo Nunez scores (2-0 BOS)

Jackie Bradley Jr. singles to centerfield, Rafael Devers scores (3-0 BOS)

2nd inning

Max Kepler singles to left, C.J. Cron and Marwin Gonzalez score (3-2 BOS)

3rd inning

Bradley Jr. hits a two-run homer to right (5-2 BOS)

Christian Vazquez homers to right (6-2 BOS)

Gorkys Hernandez homers to left (7-2 BOS)

Rafael Devers hits an infield single, Aneury Tavarez scores (8-2 BOS)

5th inning

Eduardo Nunez grounds out to first, Tavarez scores (9-2 BOS)

6th inning

Gonzalez singles to center, Cron scores (9-3 BOS)

Jason Castro doubles to right, Gonzalez scores (9-4 BOS)

8th inning

Mike Miller singles to left, Jeremy Rivera scores on an error by the left fielder (10-4 BOS)

9th inning

Michael Reed walks, Ehire Adrianza scores (10-5 BOS)

Ronald Torreyes hits an infield single, Mitch Garver scores (10-6 BOS)

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