BOSTON — Trade talks between the Red Sox and the Miami Marlins regarding slugger Giancarlo Stanton “may be heating up,” according to the Miami Herald.

Given the Red Sox’ need for at least one more slugger, it would amount to professional malpractice for president of baseball operations Dave Dombrowski not to explore the trade fully.

Reached for comment about the Stanton report, Dombrowski made it clear via text that he could not speak about any trade talks the Red Sox are involved in but in a nod to the reality that everybody in baseball understands his team needs a big bat, he indicated that the Sox will explore every option available.

That the Red Sox are in the early stages of discussions about Stanton makes sense but hurdles remain.

The first hurdle would be whether Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause, wants to play in Boston. Second, any trade for the outfielder has to deal with the massive $295 million over the next 10 seasons remaining on his contract (He can opt out after the 2020 season).

Other teams reportedly interested in Stanton are the San Francisco Giants, Philadelphia Phillies and St. Louis Cardinals.

Stanton, 28, hit 59 home runs last season with Miami. In eight seasons, he has already hit 267 home runs.