According to a new report, one of the Chicago Cubs’ biggest rivals could be in hot pursuit of one of the biggest stars in the game of baseball.
That report, from veteran MLB scribe Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, says that the St. Louis Cardinals could be ready to part with some of their biggest-named pitching prospects if they could potentially swing a trade for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton, who smashed 59 home runs and drove in 132 RBI for the Marlins this season, has reportedly said that he isn’t interested in going through a rebuild on South Beach, and the team could look to move the remaining 10 years of his massive contract extension via a trade.
The urgency could be ramped up by the fact that the contract’s value skyrockets beginning next season. Stanton’s salary will go up by over $10 million next season to $25 million, and will peak at $32 million per season beginning in the 2023 campaign, according to data provided by Spotrac.
Not many teams are poised to take on that kind of salary and give up the type of prospects that the Marlins could be willing to part with, but the Cardinals would certainly qualify. With a bevy of highly-touted pitching prospects and cash to burn, the Cardinals could be ready to make a big splash as they try to get back to the playoffs for the first time since 2015.
For Cubs fans worried about the possibility of their division rival gaining such a talented player, there is good news. According to Heyman, Stanton would prefer to play on the East or West Coast, and with a full no-trade clause, he has the ability to veto any trade to a market he doesn’t want to play in.