Giancarlo Stanton is not going anywhere. At least during the off-season of 2013/2014. On Sunday Marlins general manager Dan Jennings made it public on the Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on SiriusXM radio that their superstar would be in a Marlins uniform in 2014.
Jennings said that Stanton was “not available” for trade and that “We are building around him.” He also stated that Stanton would be in right field for Opening Day.
The Marlins front office has left us no room for us to believe anything they say anymore, but I am inclined to believe Jennings, as the Marlins have no real added incentive to trade Stanton this off-season. He is still under team-control for three more seasons and trading him next off-season would make more sense, ala the Tampa Bay Rays and David Price.
In addition, according to Marlins.com’s Joe Frisaro, the team is expected to approach Stanton with “a hefty contract proposal.”
While it has been long rumored that Stanton does not want to accept a long term deal with the team, Frisaro does believe that a contract with a decent amount of money could sway Stanton’s decision.
I am in agreement with Frisaro, because turning down a ton of guaranteed money is not something easy to do for any human being, let alone a 24-year old that has struggled staying on the field.
There are still so many scenarios that could lead to a trade down the road from this franchise for Stanton, even if he agrees to an extension.
For Stanton, if he signs a big extension now and is traded two, three years down the road, he would get his wish for the money and a trade from a franchise many that have gotten a sour taste in their mouth from.