The General Manager meetings have commenced in Orlando, Florida. These meetings will start today and run through Wednesday. Normally, the GM meetings don’t see a ton of moves. GM’s usually use the meetings as an opportunity to lay the groundwork with players, agents and other teams for moves that could happen down the road.
Just three winters ago, the Marlins pulled off a trade with division rival Atlanta Braves. The deal sent second baseman Dan Uggla to the Braves for Omar Infante and Mike Dunn. The trade was seen as one of the bigger trades of the off-season, as Uggla at the time was regarded as one of the top second baseman in baseball.
The Texas Rangers, who are looking to add power to their lineup, hope that lightning can strike for them, as Peter Gammons is reporting that the Rangers “will exhaust every thought in acquiring Giancarlo Stanton before they make a run at David Price.”
As Co-Editor Chris Logel went over earlier today, Gammons does not think that the Marlins are too far off from the playoffs.
Jennings inherits the fruits of Beinfest’s labors. They have terrific young pitching with Jose Fernandez, Nathan Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez, Jacob Turner and a premium closer in Steve Cishek. It is probably a pipe dream to sign Giancarlo Stanton longterm, but with Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, Colin Moran, et al, the position players are good enough to be carried into contention by the pitching, even if Stanton leaves. And say the Rangers would part with a package with an infielder (Jurickson Profar or 2B Rougned Odor), slugger Joey Gallo and a couple of arms from their never-ending pool (Luke Jackson? Others?), they could move on for five years while Stanton hits 60 home runs in Arlington.
The Marlins have already stated that they have no intentions to trade Stanton right now and would love to build the team around him. This does not mean that the team would not move him if another team blew them away with an offer that they couldn’t refuse.
With the Marlins seemingly holding all the leverage in any potential negotiation, especially with the Rangers, they would be crazy not to listen to any offers. If the team can get the Rangers to build a package around Profar and Odor, they would be wise to move their right fielder and inch closer to having a complete team.
What do you guys think? Should the team be open to dealing Stanton during the GM meeting or should they hold firm with their stance to build around Stanton?