Aug 4, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) reacts after striking out in the eighth inning against the Cleveland Indians at Marlins Park. The Indians won 2-0. Mandatory Credit: Robert Mayer-USA TODAY Sports

MLB Trade Rumors: Source Reveals Pittsburgh Pirates offer for Giancarlo Stanton


The Miami Marlins had no intentions to trade Giancarlo Stanton before last Wednesday’s trade deadline, and just because they didn’t, it doesn’t mean a teams did not try their hardest to acquire the slugging right fielders services.

A team source revealed to Marlin Maniac that the Pittsburgh Pirates made the Marlins a strong offer for Stanton’s services, that had the Marlins front office contemplating pulling off a Stanton trade. This is consistent with the report from Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review from last week:

The Pirates made repeated attempts to work a deal for Stanton and, according to another source, made an offer that caught the attention of Miami’s front office. However, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria does not want to shed the team’s lone superstar.

The source told Marlin Maniac that the Pirates offered the Marlins a compelling offer, which included both cost-controlled major league players and a top pitching prospect. The Pirates offered the Marlins rookie pitcher Gerrit Cole, outfielder Starling Marte, and prospects James Taillon and Stetson Allie for Stanton, Steve Cishek, and Justin Ruggiano.

This rumor contradicts what Clark Spencer reported on Twitter shortly after the deadline and the package makes a lot more sense than the package Page Q reported a few days ago.

The Pirates caught the eye of the Marlins front office enough with an offer that they seriously entertained the offer and brought it to owner Jeffery Loria. Loria had already decided from before that he was not interested in trading Stanton before he has a chance to offer Stanton an extension to be a Marlin for the long haul.

According to the team source, the Marlins plan on offering Stanton a contract extension of 8-years worth approximately $140 million after the season. If Stanton declines the deal, the Marlins will then try to trade Stanton.

The package is obviously a hefty one, with the Marlins also sending out Cishek and Ruggiano to join Stanton in Pittsburgh. Both teams would have given up a lot, with the Pirates set on trying to win in 2013 and the Marlins building for a perennial winner a few seasons down the road.

We will take a look at the players and prospects that the Marlins would have gotten in return if the team were to accept such a package later today, but for now, let us know what you think. Was this a deal that you would have bit on for Stanton or would you have wanted more in return for Stanton and the team’s closer.

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Tags: Gerrit Cole Giancarlo Stanton Jameson Taillon Justin Ruggiano Miami Marlins Pittsburgh Pirates Starling Marte Stetson Allie Steve Cishek

  • Placidin

    Wow! As much as I would hate giving up the best player in a trade, which Stanton overwhelmingly is, I think the Marlins should have jumped on this one. Cole and Taillon project as #1′s that would slot behind Fernandez. Marte would add another solid OF option. All with 5-6 years of team control.

  • KFJ

    there is NO WAY the Pirates make this deal as reported. None

    • ehsank24

      Just reporting what I heard from a source. He’s reliable and I trust him at his word.

      • cjr45

        Just how reliable is this source and please do not rely very reliable give more details.

      • Erik Johnson

        Huntington said after the deadline that they were willing to do something stupid, but not insane. That would qualify as insane.

        Sounds more like what the Marlins would tell the Pirates it would take to get him, rather than a real offer from the Pirates

  • rich

    that is complete bs .. heck i also heard McCutchen for for Lee. but miami couldnt get him out of retirement

  • SK_Jersey13

    I wouldn’t have liked the trade, not because the talent doesn’t match up, but because the pieces wouldn’t make much sense for our Fish. I happen to love Starling Marte, and it would be great to see him in a Marlins uni, but what sense does it make to add another solid, though not power-hitting OF after just trusting in Marisnick and Yelich, Jensen tearing it up in AAA, and LoMo still on the team? The same logic applies to Cole; while it’s often said a team could never have too many pitchers, should a young starter really be the key-piece of a trade to a team who already looks to have a great, young rotation going forward (also some prospects doing their thing in the minors). If the Marlins were in need of pitching and OF depth, this could be a good trade. Also, if the Pirates had a top-tier IF or 1B to offer, that could work. Given the make-up of the our Marlins, though, this trade does not make sense for us.

    • Chris Hale

      Marte would instantly be inserted into your CF . You have no prospect better than him in CF, He should be in CF in PNC right now. He’s better + than McCutchen. He will steal you 40+ bases and soon he will be hitting 20-30 HRs Plus you would be getting Cole and Taillon to throw in a rotation with Fernandez,Alvarez and Turner you guys would win multiple championships

      • SK_Jersey13

        With the exception of Stanton, we have no offensive player better than Marte right now. The point is, we have good players/prospects in the OF, and same for the rotation. It’s not that those Pirates players couldn’t improve the Marlins, but if we’re trading away our marquee player (Stanton), let’s look to fill our most glaring holes, not improve on areas wherein we’re already pretty good.

  • Chris Hale

    yeah this is a B.S report, your source is crap. Marte alone is worth 5 Cishek’s then You throw in Cole and Taillon two of the top prospects in baseball at the beginning of the year and Stetson Allie who has a ton of raw power whether it shows up or not at higher levels i don’t know I believe they might have offered our top 4 prospects but not Cole and Marte along with it

  • Rockhead72

    This is arguably the funniest thing I’ve read all season. Pirates NEVER make that trade. It doesn’t make sense to trade Marte for Stanton and still have a gap in the outfield to fill. Cole And Taillon is still too much for Stanton. Trade makes no sense.

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