Giancarlo Stanton is an unbelievable player on a terrible team. He's the Miami Marlins franchise player, and is young, and has plenty of great years ahead of them. The Marlins are bad. They're worse then bad. They stink. They are planning for the future. Everyone knows that. All the GMs do, too. They have been calling Miami offers for Stanton, and every single one has been turned down. Here is what Phillies GM Ruben Amaro Jr. had to say on the situation:
I’ve tried to trade for him at least 10 times...He’s one of the best right-handed power bats in the game...He's property of the Marlins, dude.
The Phillies are one of the many teams that are "in" on Stanton. And, what's not to like? The 23 year old is a proven, young, power hitting outfielder that can really provide a large boost to ANY team. He has a three slash line of .266/.354/.537 for his career with 115 HR and 285 RBI in only 478 games. His career BABIP is .324. He's a player that will automatically add wins to your ball club, and will continue to hit homers and drive runs in.
Realistically, what are the chances that the Marlins part with Stanton? I would say next to nothing. Obviously, we have a four month offseason and anything could happen, but why would the Marlins give up their coveted star player? If they had a reason to, that is a possibility, but Stanton is entering his prime now, and most likely with the Marlins. I would not be counting on a trade with Stanton.
If Stanton somehow gets put on the open marker, who would my frontrunners be? I think the Phillies are willing to give up "everything" for Stanton, as they are still trying to make a run with their old, depleted team. Their top prospects, Maikel Franco and Jesse Biddle, are immediate trade candidates. Other teams, such as the Mets and perhaps the Cubs could be in on Stanton if he was to become available.
Stanton is a nice and juicy trade target, but is a tad bit farfetched right now. We don't know what the future holds for his trade stock, so watch out for the "Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes!"
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