Marlins Way: Pittsburgh Pirates Offered a Package of Prospects for Giancarlo Stanton?

Aug 1, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (left) after defeating the New York Mets 3-0 at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

The hours that followed Wednesday’s trading deadline were more interesting for Miami Marlins fans than the trade deadline itself. Shortly after the deadline, a rumor ran rampant that the Pittsburgh Pirates had made “a significant offer” for Marlins star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. The rumor was shortly thereafter shot down by Miami Hearld’s Clark Spencer on Twitter.

New news broke on this story on Thursday, as Josh Baumgard of Page Q Sports uncovered the potential offer that the Pirates presented the Marlins:

According to a source, Pittsburgh offered a collection of elite prospects in addition to Jeff Locke, a left-handed starting pitcher who is 9-3 with a 2.36 ERA this season. The batch of prospects included Jameson Taillon (Double A Pitcher), Gregory Polanco (Double A Outfielder), and Nick Kingham (Double A Pitcher).

While the offer is nice, it falls short of what the Marlins were expecting. Taillon and Polanco are a nice starting point for an offer, but I doubt the Marlins had much interest in Locke. Maybe if he were replaced with Gerrit Cole or Alen Hanson, Stanton would be donning a Pirates uniform right now.

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Here at Marlin Maniac:

What Can The Miami Marlins Expect In Return For Giancarlo Stanton?

The trade deadline has come and gone and the Marlins didn’t make any moves. They didn’t trade Steve Cishek, Mike Dunn, Placido Polanco, Ryan Webb, Justin Ruggiano, Chad Qualls, or Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton, of course, is the big fish on the Marlins roster. Teams have repeatedly said that they would give everything they had, just so they could get their hands on him. Over the past couple of months, we have been hearing so many rumors of teams going after Stanton, each with the same ending.

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Topics: Gerrit Cole, Giancarlo Stanton, Gregory Polanco, James Taillon, Jeff Locke, Miami Marlins, Nick Kingham

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  • demondjm .

    Any GM that turned down Locke, Taillon, Polanco, and Kingham for Stanton would be fired on the spot. Highly doubt this rumor is true. This offer is more than *nice*, it’s highway robbery.