The Red Sox’ interest in Giancarlo Stanton, according to a Marlins source, is “tepid” for the moment. As we’ve learned with other Dave Dombrowski transactions, that’s not necessarily the way it’s going to remain.

While Dombrowski tried to downplay adding a big hitter at the General Manager Meetings last week, nobody really bought it. After all, the Red Sox need a big bopper in the middle of the order. Everybody in baseball knows it. The Marlins know it. Scott Boras, who represents J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer, knows it. The White Sox, who have Jose Abreu available in trade, know it.

Last offseason, Dombrowski downplayed questions about a Chris Sale deal just a few hours before it happened. So keep an open mind.

In regard to trading for Stanton:

The Marlins, first and foremost, are looking for a team to take on the $290 million remaining on the contract.

The Marlins would love to get top prospects in return, but the guess is no team would be willing to do that unless Miami pays some of the contract.

The more of Stanton’s contract a team takes on, the lesser the prospects it has to give up. Think back to the Dodgers taking on $260 million in contracts when they acquired Adrian Gonzalez, Carl Crawford, Josh Beckett, and Nick Punto from the Red Sox. In return, Boston got Ivan De Jesus, Jerry Sands, James Loney, Allen Webster, and Rubby De La Rosa. In other words, it was a salary dump.