Stanton deal would shape offseason landscape – MLB.com

Hot Stove Tracker

And so the industry waits — some teams with greater urgency than others.

Here’s a look at the players who will be impacted the most if — or when — Stanton is traded this offseason.

J.D. Martinez
Martinez, 30, is the free agent who most closely resembles Stanton’s profile and productivity. Over the past four seasons, Martinez ranks third in the Majors — behind only Mike Trout and Stanton — in OPS+ among full-time outfielders. Martinez also is among the league leaders in home runs over the same span; that makes him especially valuable to the Red Sox or Giants — two teams that struggled to hit homers this year. Martinez has a connection to Red Sox president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski, who signed him for the Tigers in 2014. One storyline to watch in the coming days: Boston could seize upon the fact that it doesn’t appear to be involved in the Stanton talks by signing Martinez before the Stanton intrigue is resolved. But Martinez’s new agent, Scott Boras, may continue waiting in an effort to involve the Giants.

Notable Free Agent: Martinez

J.D. Martinez a top free agent on the market

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Andrew McCutchen
McCutchen hasn’t been mentioned in Hot Stove trade chatter as often this offseason as he was one year ago, which is odd. The outfielder is on a less expensive contract now — one year, $14.5 million — and he is coming off a better offensive season. Although McCutchen still can be streaky, he crushed left-handed pitching in 2017 to the tune of a 1.131 OPS, while finishing with his best homer total (28) since ’12. He lacks no-trade protection, and he has

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