Blue Jays: Giancarlo Stanton to the Jays, Tom Koehler will try and sell him
The Miami Marlins new ownership group is preparing to shed a plethora of salary this offseason so the obvious trade for them would be to ship slugger Giancarlo Stanton packing for young, controllable talent as they prepare for the rebuild.
Every single major league General Manager would love to add Giancarlo Stanton to their squad, however, few will be able to commit to the financial obligations attached to the franchise player. You can only imagine the damage Stanton would do playing in the homer-friendly confines of the Rogers Centre sandwiched in a lineup with Josh Donaldson and Justin Smoak.
Yesterday Mike Wilner the host of Blue Jays Talk was once again fielding Twitter questions from the Blue Jays faithful on social media. Wilner received a tweet from Jason Kinsey @theteacherdad who wondered if the Jays had the pieces to even consider trading for Stanton and what were the odds of such a deal coming to fruition.
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Wilner opined back to Kinsey that the Jays have the necessary pieces, however, Stanton’s no-trade clause would in all probability make a trade to Toronto unlikely. That is when Blue Jays pitcher and former Miami Marlin’ Tom Koehler got into the conversation with tongue cheek and stated that he would try and sell him.
Wilner ended the tweet brigade by encouraging Koehler to do so and informed Koehler he would cement himself as one of the greatest Blue Jays of all-time if successful in his efforts. I don’t know about you but this is Twitter gold on a blustery October day where no baseball was being played.
Koehler and Stanton were teammates for parts of six seasons in Miami before the hurler was acquired by the Blue Jays in exchange for Osman Gutierrez. The slugger obliterated 59 baseballs in 2017 but signed a 13-year, $325 million dollar deal in 2014. The deal contains an opt-out option in $2020 and includes a full no-trade clause.
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The likelihood of Stanton coming north of the border is slim to none but who knows, maybe just maybe, Koehler can convince Stanton of the finer Canadian delicacies like poutine, maple syrup. and ketchup chips to seal the deal. So your sayin’ there’s a chance!