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".
It's nearly certain that the Miami Marlins will trade star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton this winter.
Stanton is owed $285 million over the next 10 seasons, however he can opt-out after the 2020 season.
In eight seasons with the Marlins, Stanton, 28, has produced 960 hits in 986 games, with 202 doubles, 267 home runs, 672 RBIs and a.268/.360/.554 slash.
Major League Baseball's general managers' meetings are less than two days away, with the hot stove set to ignite November 13-16 in the Sunshine State, Orlando, Florida. At this point it seems likely he gets traded this winter. Other teams could be in the mix as well, or enter the fray later.
The Red Sox have other options than Stanton. The Marlins, with ex-Yankees legend Derek Jeter among their new owners, are looking to shed payroll. It should be noted that if a well-heeled team such as the Red Sox were to take on all or almost all of his contract, the return cost in players or prospects would not be prohibitive in terms of the Red Sox losing a blue-chop prospect or current young major-leaguer.