BOSTON (CBS) – Red Sox fans are often shooed off the radio every time they propose a cooky trade scenario to bring Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to Boston, but all that hoping and wishing doesn’t seem too far off — not according to CBS Sports national baseball insider Jon Heyman, anyway.

Heyman joined 98.5 The Sports Hub’s Gresh & Zolak show Tuesday afternoon for his weekly appearance, and when the subject of third baseman Will Middlebrooks was brought up, Heyman transitioned quickly into the 24-year-old Miami slugger.

“I think Boston is looking ultimately for Giancarlo Stanton. And hopefully in their mind will package some of their young players to get him,” Heyman told Andy Gresh and Mike Flynn. “I think [Middlebrooks] is a potential trading chip and he needs to show that he can get back to where he was a couple of years ago and perform at that level. He’s a big, right-handed power hitter that’s cost efficient and has good value as long as he’s producing.”

Stanton is currently batting .290 with 26 home runs and 74 RBI in the NL East, and Heyman believes he could be the future Red Sox right fielder.

“I do see right field as a spot where Boston — and they’re not the only ones — and the Dodgers will be two of the most aggressive in looking for Giancarlo Stanton to be their right fielder.”

Listen below for the full discussion, where Heyman weighs in on Jon Lester, Yoenis Cespedes, Henry Owens and more:


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