popular annoying topic that has surfaced around the Miami Marlins for the past 3+ off-seasons has been trade rumors surrounding Giancarlo Stanton. In the past years, rumors have had him traded to the Boston Red Sox, St. Louis Cardinals, Los Angeles Dodgers, and even the Houston Astros.
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Those rumors have annoyed the Marlins fan base like no other rumor. Thankfully, those rumors, as well as calls to the Marlins asking about the availability of Stanton’s services have stopped this off-season. According to Nick Cafardo (via Twitter) of the Boston Globe, opposing teams have stopped calling the Marlins about Stanton.
Luckily for the Marlins fans, the day Giancarlo being traded hasn’t arrived yet. And if the Marlins have their way, that day may never happen. The Marlins have indicated a willingness to pay Stanton $28-30 million annually and even waive their no trade clause policy for the slugger.
Still all of that may not be enough to convince Stanton that Miami is where he wants to spend a good majority of his career in. The Marlins are going to need to show Stanton that they are serious about winning, even as soon as the 2014 season.
With the team’s payroll expected to be around $60 million next season, the team still has a lot of work in front of them to fulfill that wish for Giancarlo to be on a winning team.
While the chances of the Marlins signing Stanton long-term looked bleak just three off-seasons ago, things are looking a lot brighter now. The Marlins need to seal the deal with Stanton, offering him just about everything he wants. The Marlins need Stanton to become their Derek Jeter.