Stanton is one of the last Marlins left after the fire sale, which sent high-priced stars infielder Hanley Ramirez to the Dodgers; RP Heath Bell to the Diamondbacks; and most recently SS Jose Reyes, SP Josh Johnson and SP Mark Buehrle to the Blue Jays.
To say the Marlins first season in a new stadium in Miami was a disaster is being polite.
So in turn the team’s hothead owner, Jeffrey Loria has dismantled the entire organization. So logically moving Stanton would only make sense for the reckless owner to do; and teams started calling immediately.
And according to sources, Loria’s response about acquiring Stanton was that he was not available…. yet.
Yet, unfortunately, could mean another season or maybe two for Stanton in Miami unless Loria gets enticed.
See, Stanton is just 23-years old, and he is not even eligible for free agency until 2017. His salary with 3-years of arbitration left will probably cost around $30 million under a team’s control.
That is literally pennies for a player who possesses some of the best raw talent in all of baseball so waiting even a year could mean a much bigger payday for the Marlins.
Still, there is one reason that Loria might want to shop the all-star now. Stanton made it very clear he was upset with what was going on.
Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
And everyone knows talent can take an athlete only so far but being happy, as part of a team is what makes a superstar shine.
QUESTION IS… CAN THE YANKEES LAND STANTON?
Well, according to the hub of all hot stove news, MLBTradeRumors.com, Stanton is drawing interest from many teams in including the Red Sox, Phillies, Yankees, Orioles, Cubs and you can bet many others will be added to that list.
Yes, Stanton is that good.
Now whether the Yankees have the package to land Stanton is not the issue, but you can bet it will exhaust an already depleted farm system but in my opinion he would be worth it.
The majority of the top Yankees prospects are not Major League ready yet so whether they pan out remains to be seen but there is no denying the potential is certainly there. So maybe they could hand over a group of younger guys and avoid having to give up guys like SP David Phelps, who I believe will be a solid #2 arm in about two seasons.
My guess is a package with some combo of Phelps, Austin Romine or Gary Sánchez, Slade Heathcott, Mason Williams and Phil Hughes or Ivan Nova would get the ball rolling. The Yankees could throw Eduardo Nunez in the mix and try to keep Phelps but who knows what the Marlins price will be.
Also, maybe a swap for Curtis Granderson with Yankees paying his salary for 2013. Granderson would bring a veteran presence to the Marlins that could be invaluable for such a young team. The Yankees already have to find an outfielder with a power bat to make up Nick Swisher absence, so trading a proven Granderson and paying him to go elsewhere is probably a risk the Yankees won’t take but you never know.
Stanton has three pro-seasons under his belt already, all with the Marlins and his stats speak for themselves.
Still, for any Stanton trade to happen MLB Commissioner Bud Selig has to approve it and he is not going to easily. The last thing Selig wants is the Marlins to be a total joke as it reflects badly on the sport itself.
Behavior like this does not is translates entails all 30-teams to be competitive for the fans so Selig will not let Loria’s recklessness get in the way of the bigger picture anymore than he already has.