Miami Marlins fans can breathe a huge sigh of relief. They don’t have to worry about the Marlins trading Giancarlo Stanton at the trade deadline this season, despite the numerous rumors surrounding the Marlins star right fielder. According to Joe Frisaro of MLB.com, the Marlins still are not planning on trading Stanton anytime soon.
Still, when you peel back the speculation, and you explore the actual facts, you will find that in Stanton’s case, the 23-year-old is not on the market. Taking it a step further, he might not be for quite a while, meaning at least another couple of years.
According to two well connected sources, the Marlins consider Stanton as a building block, not a trade chip.
One source called recent Stanton trade speculation, “laughable and lies.”
This latest development matches what we have heard all season long, about the Marlins telling teams over-and-over again that Stanton is not currently available.
That does not mean that he won’t hit the trade block in the near future, as their is still strong uncertainity about Stanton ever wanting to sign a longterm extension with the Fish.
Before the season, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria stated publicly that the organization eventually intends to make a substantial, multi-year contract offer to Stanton. It just wasn’t intended to happen during this season.
Indications are Stanton isn’t ready to accept a long-term deal with Miami, and perhaps that will be his stance for months or years to come. If and when that happens, the team will decide which direction they will go. For now, and a while, they Stanton as a fixture on their roster.
The Marlins are in no rush to trade Stanton, as he is making just $537,000 this season and will be arbitration eligible for the first time this offseason. He won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.
With Stanton still making a small salary (in baseball terms), the Marlins know they can hold onto Stanton’s services and not have to give up a huge part of their lineup right now. The same offer they would get now in a trade for Stanton should be there next year, or even in two years.
It is also of importance to note that not many teams have the prospects and/or young players that it would take to matchup with the Marlins in a potential blockbuster move for Stanton. At just 23 years old, Stanton would likely be younger than many of the top prospects the Marlins would discuss with other teams.
The comparison between Stanton and Miguel Cabrera’s situation is undeniable, and Cabrera too stuck around for two seasons with the Marlins after his generation’s fire sale. Rumors swirled around his name as well, though they were quieter due to the fact that the 2006 Marlins club was surprisingly competitive. Still, the Marlins held onto him for those two seasons, probably in part because he too held too much value as a cost-controlled superstar.
But, like Cabrera, Stanton may be on his way to a trade eventually, and even Frisaro does not deny the possibility in the years to come. The Marlins struggled with an arbitration dispute with Cabrera that led to him earning $7.4 million in his first season in arbitration, and instead of both sides hashing out a potential long-term contract, the Marlins traded him 2008. Now, Stanton too seems hesitant to sign a deal, but the Marlins apparently made it known that they would offer a contract sometime in the future.
Marlins fans are just hopeful that the team has learned their lesson from the Miguel Cabrera situation and can either find a happy ending with Stanton remaining a Marlin or a better result with the top prospects they receive.
While an extension seems like a long shot at this time, we cannot rule anything out until the Marlins have a solid offer on the table and Stanton rejects it. No matter how unhappy he is with the franchise, it would be tough for anyone to turn down a huge lump sum of guaranteed money.