Red Sox going after Giancarlo Stanton?

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Dave Dombrowski told the Boston Herald he can't talk about specific players, of course, but responded to reports of the Red Sox being in on Giancarlo Stanton trade talks by saying they "try to do our due diligence in every regard".

According to a Major League source, talks between the Red Sox and Marlins involving a trade for the slugger "may be heating up". According to a November 9 report by FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman, the Cardinals are "believed to be the team the Marlins would most like to make a deal" for Stanton, citing the organization's top pitching prospects in Alex Reyes, Sandy Alcantara and Jack Flaherty.

Recently, MLB.com reported that the Red Sox were among a group of four teams known to be interested in a trade for Stanton. Stanton signed a $325 million, 13-year contract before the 2015 season. At this point it seems likely he gets traded this winter.

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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. The others were the Giants, Phillies and Cardinals.

The Red Sox have other options than Stanton. The Red Sox hit the fewest home runs in the American League last season and are looking to upgrade their lineup offensively. Top among them in the free agent market are J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer and Carlos Santana. The Marlins are in fire sale mode as their new ownership wants to slash payroll.