As has been the case for the majority of the hot stove season thus far, the news on Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton continues to dominate the headlines.
On Sunday, Jon Morosi of MLB Network reported that the Cardinals have made a formal offer to the Marlins. The two sides reportedly discussed “trade concepts” during the general manager meetings on Wednesday. While the details of that offer are not yet known, it seemingly indicates that their discussions have moved to the next level and their talks could be gaining traction.
The Giants had been viewed as the favorites to land the reigning Home Run King and National League MVP, as they had been tabbed as the “most aggressive” in their pursuit of Stanton so far this offseason.
The Dodgers have also been mentioned as an interested suitor, but to this point any talks between them and the Marlins have gained little momentum.
With the Marlins intent on shedding payroll this winter, it’s looking increasingly likely that Stanton has played his final game in a Marlins’ uniform. Stanton still has $295 million remaining on his deal with the Marlins. If the Marlins are looking for elite prospects in return, they may have to include some cash as part of the deal.
Searching for a Skipper
The Yankees’ search for a successor to Joe Girardi marches on.
On Friday, ESPN broadcaster and former Yankee Aaron Boone interviewed for the gig. Boone has no coaching or managerial experience at any level, but the Yankees are casting a wide net in their search. Many clubs have started to lean toward a new-age, data-driven, analytical type of manager, rather than relying solely on previous experience. Boone would certainly fit the bill in that case.
The club also interviewed Dodgers’ third base coach Chris Woodward over the weekend. While Woodward does have coaching experience, his meeting with the Bombers was his first managerial interview. Woodward served as the manager for New Zealand’s squad during the 2016 World Baseball Classic. He also fits the analytical mold that the Yankees are reportedly looking for.
Boone and Woodward join three other candidates who have already met with general manager Brian Cashman, Yankees’ bench coach Rob Thomson, former Indians’ and Mariners’ manager Eric Wedge and Giants’ bench coach Hensley Meulens. Jerry Hairston Jr. has also been rumored as a potential candidate for the job, though he has yet to interview with Cashman.
Cashman noted on Sunday that he has yet to reach out to every prospective candidate that they would like to grant an initial interview to.
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