Conversations over a possible trade between the Boston Red Sox and Miami Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton have been extremely "quiet" of late, but that could change soon.
After a few weeks of Stanton in the trading block, the San Francisco Giants seem like the most advanced team in a possible trade, especially since they have already made an official offer.
The St. Louis Cardinals are also still in the running and are the only other team to draw up a formal offer, but with Stanton allegedly "not interested" in playing it seems unlikely that will happen because of his No-Trade-Clause.
But it seems neither team has impressed the Marlins enough to make the trade or neither of the teams wants to take all or most of Stanton's contract.
The money side of the trade, Stanton's contract, according to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, has the Red Sox still in the running since they could take all or most of the slugger's contract.
Cafardo indicates that the Marlins have not shown great interest in the Red Sox's Minor Leagues system, but the necessity to dump Stanton's contract combined with the fact that the slugger's advisors want him to accept a trade to Boston, one of MLB's best markets, could restart talks between both clubs.
Boston might need to bring in a third team to get some prospects for the Marlins in return for Stanton.
Stanton's contract, signed in 2015 for 13 years and a total of $325 million, has a total of 295 million dollars over the next 10 years, it also includes an option for an 11th year.
An opt-out clause in 2020 has made various teams think twice about trading for the slugger, as he could have a good season and opt to test the free agent market.
The Red Sox desperately need a power bat for 2018 after finishing last in the AL in homers and really missed slugger David Ortiz.
Stanton finished as the "Home Run King" in all of the Big Leagues with 59 dingers, and it seems he would absolutely take advantage of Fenway Park's Green Monster.
Boston has been mentioned in having interest in other sluggers like Eric Hosmer, J.D. Martinez, Carlos Santana and even Jose Abreu.