BOSTON — Something significant would have to change for the Red Sox to become a likely destination for Giancarlo Stanton.
One baseball source with knowledge of the Red Sox’ thinking on Tuesday called them “an extreme long shot” as things stand now for a number of reasons. The first would be the asking price. The Marlins are said to want both a haul of prospects and for the team acquiring Stanton to take on the money owed to him (or at least, the vast majority of it).
MORE RED SOX:
The Fish would have to come down on that price — by accepting less talent, eating money or doing both — for a deal to make sense to the Sox. For now, there are more cost-effective options available to the Sox as they pursue power hitting.
The Sox have concerns about the durability of Stanton, 28, and there remains uncertainty about whether he would approve a trade to Boston. Even at that point, there’s a wonder about whether he would really want to be in Boston.
The Red Sox have indeed talked to the Marlins, and Stanton is keeping an open mind through the process
But multiple reports, as well as logic, make a California-based team appear the most likely destination for Stanton, a Los Angeles-area native who basically controls the process because of a full no-trade clause.
The Athletic’s Ken Rosenthal reported Tuesday trade talks could drag on.
In the Baseball Show Podcast, presented by Twin River Casino, Evan Drellich and Lou Merloni break down the most talked-about topics from the week in Red Sox nation:
0:20 - With Hanley Ramirez being designated for assignment, Evan and Lou discuss why they think it was a bad move for Dave Dombrowski and the Red Sox.
6:50 - After Chris Sale's poor performance on Sunday vs. the Braves, Evan and Lou look at his numbers through May from his first two seasons with Boston. They also talk about David Price's recent success and Rick Porcello's up-and-down season.
14:14 - Evan and Lou quickly go around the horn to look at storylines around Boston and the rest of the majors: Five new inductees into the Red Sox Hall of Fame; Mookie Betts scratched from Sunday's game with tightness in his left side; Red Sox and Astros will clash late this week.
BOSTON - Prized rookie Ronald Acuna Jr. took a high-flying tumble while beating out an infield hit, exiting with knee and lower back pain Sunday as the Atlanta Braves beat the Boston Red Sox 7-1.
Acuna waved his arms "safe" as he crossed the first base bag before his left foot gave out in the seventh inning, and he went sprawling. He walked off the field slowly, passing on a wheel chair that was rolled out for him.
The 20-year-old outfielder also walked and scored a run before leaving.
MORE RED SOX: Drellich: Dombrowski didn't need Cora as buffer to avoid Hanley grievance
Mike Foltynewicz took a no-hit bid into the sixth and went seven innings. Tyler Flowers hit a three-run homer off Red Sox ace Chris Sale (5-2), salvaging the finale of a three-game interleague series.
It was just the Braves' second win in six games, and fourth in their last 14 games at Fenway Park. Boston had won six of seven.
Foltynewicz (4-3) gave up one run on three hits, striking out seven and walking three.
Sale (5-2) was tagged for six runs in 4 1/3 innings. He hadn't allowed more than three in all 11 of his previous starts this season.
Red Sox star Mookie Betts was a late scratch with left side tightness. Betts entered the day leading the majors with a .359 average and was tied with the Angels' Mike Trout with 17 homers.
Flowers' homer - a drive over the Green Monster - made it 3-0 in the second. It was his second homer in his third career at-bat against Sale - his former teammate with the White Sox.
The Braves chased Sale with three runs in the fifth. Freddie Freeman, the last batter he faced, had a two-run double.