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4 Realistic Trade Destinations for Giancarlo Stanton if Yankees Decide to Make a Move

HOUSTON, TEXAS - OCTOBER 12:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees hits a solo home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game one of the American League Championship Series at Minute Maid Park on October 12, 2019 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Bob Levey/Getty Images)
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When he's healthy, New York Yankees slugger Giancarlo Stanton has continuously proven himself to be one of the best sluggers in all of baseball, as evidenced when he basically carried the injured lineup for a few months last season. Unfortunately, it's becoming very rare to see a totally healthy Stanton. He missed almost the entire year and several key postseason games. The Yankees did win 103 games largely without his services, so could they give these four teams a call if they want to shake things up?

4. Chicago White Sox

CHICAGO - SEPTEMBER 29:  Eloy Jimenez #74 of the Chicago White Sox bats against the Detroit Tigers on September 29, 2019 at Guaranteed Rate Field in Chicago, Illinois.  (Photo by Ron Vesely/MLB Photos via Getty Images)
Detroit Tigers v Chicago White Sox | Ron Vesely/Getty Images

2020 looks to FINALLY be the year the White Sox start making moves to contend in a winnable AL Central, as most of their top prospects have hit the major leagues. With the financial flexibility to absorb Stanton's contract and a need for someone other than Jose Abreu to consistently provide some power every day, a trade for Stanton would make perfect sense even if it's a bit on the pipe-dreamy side of things.

3. Texas Rangers

ARLINGTON, TEXAS - SEPTEMBER 27: Elvis Andrus #1 of the Texas Rangers greets Shin-Soo Choo #17 and Jose Trevino #56 after they scored on Choo's ninth inning home run against the New York Yankees at Globe Life Park in Arlington on September 27, 2019 in Arlington, Texas. (Photo by Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images)
New York Yankees v Texas Rangers | Richard Rodriguez/Getty Images

No, the Rangers aren't exactly contenders at the moment, but they could be a few moves away. They have quality arms in Lance Lynn and Mike Minor and their lineup doesn't slouch either (12th in MLB in runs scored). Adding Stanton would certainly propel them in the AL West and it would actually make sense for the foreseeable future considering they have a number of contracts, including Shin-Soo Choo's $21 million salary, coming off the books after 2020. They can then reconfigure and figure out how to build around Stanton, Joey Gallo and Nomar Mazara.

2. Los Angeles Dodgers

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 09: Max Muncy #13 of the Los Angeles Dodgers celebrates his two run home run with teammate Cody Bellinger #35 during the first inning of game five of the National League Division Series against the Washington Nationals at Dodger Stadium on October 09, 2019 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)
Divisional Series - Washington Nationals v Los Angeles Dodgers - Game Five | Harry How/Getty Images

The Dodgers were the class of the NL without Stanton, but they've dominated the regular season for three years in a row now only to flatline in the postseason. LA needs to try a little something different in order to get back to the World Series and win it all. With plenty of prospects and players to give away, the Dodgers have as much hypothetical firepower (both with assets and finances) as anyone to get a deal done.

1. St. Louis Cardinals

WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 14: Paul Goldschmidt #46 of the St. Louis Cardinals reacts after striking out in the first inning of game three of the National League Championship Series against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park on October 14, 2019 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Patrick Smith/Getty Images)
League Championship Series - St Louis Cardinals v Washington Nationals - Game Three | Patrick Smith/Getty Images

The Cardinals were being carried by Paul Goldschmidt, Marcell Ozuna, and some historically poor pitching performances by Mike Foltynewicz and the Atlanta Braves this postseason. Once their dynamic duo froze against the Nationals in the NLCS, this team had no chance of competing in that series. The Cardinals went hard after Stanton when he was a Miami Marlin before the Yankees won out, and have several Top-100 prospects, bad contracts (Matt Carpenter), and proven major-league talent to send the Yankees' way in a trade.