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ORLANDO – Bobby Evans and Michael Hill strolled via the resort foyer like two guys who wished to drag off a Giancarlo Stanton commerce.
“We’re going to go shoot hoops,” Evans mentioned.
It was a joke. Evans by no means pulled on his excessive tops. There’s no play time on the common supervisor conferences, the place Hill’s Marlins are speaking about transferring Stanton and Evans’ Giants are speaking about buying him.
It appears an ideal match, one workforce determined to shed the most important contract in baseball historical past and the opposite determined so as to add somebody who is aware of what a house run trot is like.
While there’s a rising perception within the trade the Giants are close to or on the prime of Stanton’s want listing, each side want to know precisely the place the opposite stands sooner quite than later, if solely to depart time to conduct different enterprise pertinent to their respective rosters.
Striking quick on offseason roster strikes has been a desire for the Giants through the years, and that is no exception.
“Sometimes you can’t dictate timing,” mentioned Evans, who met with Hill on Tuesday, the second day of the GM conferences. “Whether you’re dealing with one club or another, we can’t dictate to them what our timing is. We have a number of priorities, and we’re going to want to do everything we can to move things along, but ultimately we don’t control that timing. Sure, we’d love to be clear on whether they’re in or out.”
While the Giants are focusing on Stanton – the precise fielder is due $295 million the subsequent 10 years — as an answer to their power-deficient lineup, Hill mentioned he’s speaking with each workforce right here in regards to the availability of his high-priced gamers. The Marlins are open to transferring two different outfielders, Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, amongst others.
The Cardinals are simply as keen because the Giants to land Stanton whereas a number of different groups are mentioned to have some degree of curiosity. The Red Sox, for now, appear extra targeted on free agent J.D. Martinez.
The Stanton-based foyer speak on the Waldorf Astoria has been throughout the board. One Boston media outlet (Boston Herald) attributed a supply saying he wouldn’t settle for a commerce to Boston or St. Louis whereas one other (NBC Sports Boston) referenced a supply saying he hasn’t dominated out any workforce.
Hill mentioned he is aware of Stanton’s preferences and that after the Marlins attain an settlement, they’d current it to him. San Francisco is alleged to be on Stanton’s radar as a National League metropolis in his native California – he grew up in Sherman Oaks a fan of the Dodgers, who might make a play for him.
“I won’t get into particulars about Stanton,” Hill mentioned, “but I’ve probably touched base with all my counterparts to see what their offseason plans are. … I would qualify it as a work in progress.”
Giants outfield prospect Heliot Ramos has been talked about as a attainable a part of a Stanton commerce, in line with the Marlins’ web site. Ramos, 18, was the Giants’ first choose (19th total) within the June draft and hit .348 with six homers in 35 video games in rookie league.
Along with bullpen assist and a 3rd baseman, the Giants are in search of two outfielders together with a defensive-minded middle fielder, which Evans referred to as “our focus.” If they get each, Hunter
Pence’s function can be restricted, maybe as a platoon with Denard Span in left.
“We’ve got to do everything we can to upgrade the defense,” Evans mentioned, “and if that moves Pence into more of a part-time role, then we have to be prepared for it.”
The Giants see Steven Duggar as a attainable middle fielder of future, and his presence provides the Giants the choice to discover a short-timer to play the place, Evans mentioned. Duggar probably will open subsequent season in Triple-A.
Adding Stanton, who makes $25 million subsequent season, might make it almost unimaginable for the Giants to remain beneath the $197 million threshold for the aggressive steadiness tax. They’d face extreme penalties for exceeding the edge a fourth straight 12 months.
The Giants might commerce a high-priced beginning pitcher to clear roster area. “We’ve been asked about some of our starters,” Evans mentioned.
For now, the emphasis isn’t on a downsize however an improve, and no person would supply it greater than Stanton.
John Shea is The San Francisco Chronicle’s nationwide baseball author. Email: email@example.com Twitter: @JohnSheaHey