Report: Cubs Among Teams to Inquire about Giancarlo Stanton

According to a report from the Boston Globe, the Cubs are among many teams that have inquired about Giancarlo Stanton. Nick Cafardo reported the Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees and Orioles, along with the Cubs, as the teams that have checked in with the Marlins on what it would take to acquire the 23-year old outfielder.

Giancarlo Stanton is coming off another outstanding season (.290/.361/.608/.969 with 30 doubles and 37 home runs) and just turned 23 on November 8. Stanton is not arbitration eligible until after next season and does not reach free agency until after the 2016 season.

Nick Cafardo pointed out that Bud Selig is monitoring the situation in South Florida very closely in the wake of the trade with the Blue Jays and that Selig “may not look too fondly upon a deal for the Marlins’ biggest draw.” Stanton would figure to cost a ton in terms of players/prospects that the Marlins would want in return for one of baseball’s best young players.

During his show on MLB Network Radio (The Front Office with Jim Duquette) on Sunday morning, Jim Bowden reported that he heard Starlin Castro was mentioned in the talks between the Cubs and Marlins for Stanton. Bowden did not indicate how far the discussion between the two teams progressed after Castro’s name was brought up. However, Bowden did say that the conversations between the Cubs and Marlins appear to be dead at this point.

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