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MLB Notebook: Why a trade for Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t make sense; cheaper alternatives to J.D. Martinez; and more

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According to a report by MLB Network’s Jon Morosi earlier this week, the Red Sox have already had “preliminary communication’’ with the Miami Marlins regarding a trade for Giancarlo Stanton. And on Saturday, the Miami Herald reported talks between the teams may be "heating up.''

That’s neither surprising nor regrettable. As a big-market team with a ton of revenue, the Red Sox are, theoretically at least, a logical landing spot for Stanton. Even with so many clubs flush with money from newly-signed TV deals, the Red Sox are among the top handful of teams when it comes to resources. The Marlins would be foolish not to check in with the Sox.

And from Boston’s standpoint, Dave Dombrowski wouldn’t be doing his job properly if he didn’t at least listen to what the Marlins have to say/propose. Stanton is the No. 1 power bat in the game, and if it’s one thing these Red Sox need, it’s power.

But unless the Marlins somehow present some sort of “Godfather’’ offer to the Red Sox, Dombrowski should refrain from engaging in any serious discussions for Stanton.