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
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
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
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
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.