The four-time All-Star is coming off a banner 2017 regular season in which Stanton smashed 59 home runs and 132 RBIs.
The Marlins, as with every offseason, seem to be more interested in listening to what teams around the league have to offer for their best players than building a winning, consistent franchise.
The addition of the 28-year-old slugger would fill a big void the Red Sox have tried to address since David Ortiz retired in 2016. Red Sox owner John Henry and president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski confirmed as much last week.
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We know how quickly things can change during the Major League Baseball offseason, but it would make sense for the Red Sox and other teams to consider options outside of a player who is not a free agent and is still owed $295 million over 10 years.
This likely is music to the ears of any fans of the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, San Francisco Giants or Philadelphia Phillies. If he doesn't opt out after 2020, he's guaranteed to make $208 million through 2027.
The Red Sox, meanwhile, are prepared to increase payroll, even to the point of exceeding the luxury tax threshold.
As the Marlins prepare to open shop Monday at the General Managers meetings in Orlando, they're already talking to a handful of teams about Stanton. Top among them in the free agent market are J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana.