The Miami Marlins reputation of trading away their biggest stars continues to fuel Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors. No partner is more silly than the Phillies.
It’s hard to feel bad for the Miami Marlins organization. Even in the midst of an improbable run towards the National League wildcard, the team continues to be the subject of endless trade rumors. They have nobody to blame but themselves.
If you’re going to feel bad for anyone, feel bad for the fans. And the players. And the shilled tax payer. Feel bad for anyone except the front office, all the way up to Jeffery Loria. With them on the way out, the rumors swirling around a possible Giancarlo Stanton trade rolls off their back.
Stanton won’t be traded, but if he is, it won’t be to the Philadelphia Phillies.
Contrary to a report by Bob Nightengale, it seems unlikely that the Marlins will trade Stanton even once the new ownership group is installed. Derek Jeter has one chance to make a good impression to fans as an owner, trading Stanton wouldn’t be it.
This is where Nightengale fails to deliver.
“And the timing, in Jeter fashion, will be exquisite.” Nightengale writes. A fanboy answer with no information to support it.
The Texas Rangers, the San Francisco Giants, the St. Louis Cardinals, and the Philadelphia Phillies are all reportedly interested. All four teams are worse off than the Miami Marlins in terms of their ability to “win now”. But of the motley crew, the Phillies are the most laughable destination.
The team in the City of Brotherly Love is the worst in baseball. It doesn’t appear as if that is going to be changing anytime soon. With their rebuilding efforts taking longer than anticipated, signing Stanton would be the most expensive band-aid solution in the history of sports.
More than a Giancarlo away
The Phillies are a lot further from realistically competing for a playoff spot than Giancarlo Stanton. Their starting rotation is bad. Their bullpen is bad. Most of their lineup is bad. Pairing Stanton with Rhys Hoskins has some allure, but beyond that there isn’t much.
If we’ve learned anything from the New York Yankees and Aaron Judge, don’t bank on a hot rookie keeping it up forever.
Miami has Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and J.T. Realmuto hitting behind Stanton, and they’re just now making a push for the playoffs. It’s hard to argue that the Phillies have anything close to as potent a lineup as that.
As frustrating as Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors are, anything linking him to the Phillies is downright laughable.