Jun. 19, 2013; Phoenix, AZ, USA: Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton reacts in the dugout against the Arizona Diamondbacks at Chase Field. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports

Miami Marlins Trade Rumors: The Pirates Want Giancarlo Stanton?

Yes, yes… I know we have been hearing lately that Giancarlo Stanton will not be traded, but the rumors keep on coming in.  They threw out some intriguing names from the Pirates system in a rumored trade over at City of Champions, so I figured there is no harm in taking a closer look at how good these guys really are.  The Pirates do have a really good minor league system, but let’s see if the Marlins should even entertain this rumor.    The players mentioned as coming to Miami are:

“Bucs right-hander Jameson Taillon, catcher Tony Sanchez and outfielder Gregory Polanco, three of the Pirates’ current Top 10 prospects. Some have even suggested that right-hander Nick Kingham’s name could be thrown in as well.”

Here is what they have done in 2013 in the minors:

T. Sanchez AAA













G. Polanco A+/AA













Name W L SV G IP K/9 BB/9 HR/9 ERA FIP
J. Taillon AA











N. Kingham A+/AA












Let’s start with right hander James Taillon who would be the headliner in this deal and was the Bucs #2 prospect coming into the season.  The scouting report suggests “his fastball is a plus pitch and he’ll touch 96-97 mph with it” and his secondary stuff is developing, but can be above average eventually.  The 9+ K/9 shows he has the ability to miss bats, but the 3.64 BB/9 is somewhat concerning when you figure it will probably increase in the majors.

Nick Kingham is another big right hander who “could have three above-average-or-better pitches and above-average command when all is said and done” according to the scouting report.  He also sports an impressive 9+ K/9 and has a better BB/9 rate at 1.91, although most of that has been at the lower A+ level this season.

Catcher Tony Sanchez was drafted as “a defensive-minded backstop who could hit maybe a bit more than expected and get to the big leagues fairly quickly” according to the scouting report.  He has had excellent offensive numbers this season and the 9 homers is already a career high.  Most importantly though, his twitter handle suggests he would be a natural in Miami – @Tony26Montana.

Outfielder Gregory Polanco “has the chance to be a true five-tooler on the field” according to a scouting report.  The speed is evident by the 27 steals so far this season and the 15.3% strikeout rate suggests that he makes pretty good contact.  He would add to an already crowded OF situation with the Marlins, but too many good prospects is never a problem.

This is definitely a solid group of prospects and slotting Taillon in the rotation behind Jose Fernandez would give the Marlins two potential aces.  Sanchez appears to be ready for the majors now and could make a nice catching tandem with Rob Brantly.  Polanco has that rare speed/power combo that scouts drool over and Kingham is putting up some impressive numbers so far.  Plus all of these players are cost controlled for 6 at least years as opposed to only 3 years of Stanton.  So should the Marlins pursue this deal for Stanton?

I still say no way.  If you are going to give up a proven top tier player, you need to get someone with the potential to be that coming back.  I just don’t see that in this group, especially with Taillon’s control heading in the wrong direction so far.  The future looks bright for the Pirates, though, considering the players they already have and this group on the horizon.

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  • krinks

    Insanity. No one player is worth that.

    • Placidin

      Complete true, but if the Pirates find themselves with an opportunity to go for it the Marlins would be wise to ask for as much as possible.

    • ehsank24

      Stanton is. Have to look at his age, salary, and potential growth. This is why it is rare to see superstars traded. You literally have to break the bank to acquire one.

      • John Janesko

        You’re wrong though. You’re under valuing the prospects and overvaluing your player. The marlins are pretty lucky you aren’t their GM

        • ehsank24

          We can agree to disagree. Stanton is a franchise changing player, needs to be valued as one. If your team won’t pay that price, someone else will.

          • BBWeekly

            But you have to also take into account that a player like that is wasted on a team that isn’t attempting to win at least for the next several years. Why not get prospects?

  • John Janesko

    Ha. Hahahaha. How stupid could you be to not accept that trade if you’re the Marlins? Taillon is the number 10 prospect in all of baseball and Polanco is number 12. Taillon has touched 100mph. Polanco has better tools Than McCutchen. Kingham throws 100 and Sanchez is in the majors. I wouldn’t do this trade for Mike Trout, let alone someone with injury history with a negative WAR this year.

    • Placidin

      There is no way they would get all of those guys and this trade will probably never happen, but the Pirates are in the hunt for the first time in a generation and should be motivated to make a move. Stanton has proven he can produce at the ML level. Prospects are always a risk, no matter how talented.

    • John Janesko

      Yea, except the pirates would be much much smarter to get an alex rios, or a michael cuddyer for half as much, if not less. Or even marlon byrd would be a massive byrd would be a massive bargain and only take a C level prospect. Small market teams can’t afford to give up 4 top 10 prospects with 6 years of MLB control for a player with 3 who is gonna start costing 10 million plus in arbitration next year.

    • ehsank24

      Sickels ranked Tallion 17th and Polanco at 50th. Law ranked Tallion 20th and Polanco 55th. The Marlins would require a lot more to be justified to move Stanton.