The Miami Marlins made some bad trades in team history. In fact I already wrote about the worst. I considered skipping it for this article, but let's face it nothing can top it and it has to be on this list. The Fish are actually celebrating the traded legend this week. These are horrible trades that The Fish would love to take back. Let's start with...
3. THE GIANCARLO STANTON TRADE
Miami Marlins traded RF Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees in a salary dump
What do you do when your star player hits a Major League leading 59 home runs and you sign him to a massive extension? Trade him of course! Giancarlo Stanton was a homegrown superstar for the Miami Marlins. The elite top prospect debuted in 2010 with a .259/.326/.507 batting line, with 22 home runs and 59 RBI in 100 games and 359 AB. He followed that up in 2011 with a .262/.356/.537 batting line, with 34 home runs and 87 RBI in 150 games and 516 AB.
Giancarlo Stanton developed a reputation as injury-prone, but his results were very good otherwise. He batted .290/.361/.608 with 37 home runs and 86 RBI in 123 games and 449 AB in 2012. He batted .262/.362/.528 with 115 home runs and 308 RBI in 454 games and 1656 AB from 2013 to 2016. The problem was that he only played over 120 games in one of those seasons (2014).
2017 tuned out to be his best season. He batted .281/.376/.631 with 59 home runs and 132 RBI in 159 games and 597 AB. He was worth 7.9 WAR that season. Overall, he was worth 35.7 WAR and batted .268/.360/.554 with the team. He was extended for 13 years and $325 million after that season. To be fair, he wasn't worth the money due to his injury history and has been a disaster since being traded. That said, the Miami Marlins basically gave him away.
On December 11, 2017, The Fish traded Stanton to the New York Yankees for 2B Starlin Castro. Castro was OK, batting .274/.314/.418 in 2018-2019. He was worth 2.8 WAR for that run. He just wasn't remotely close to Stanton's value. You'd think The Fish could've traded Stanton before the extension, and received a king's ransom. Oh and there were also the two prospects RHP Jorge Guzman (27.00 career ERA and no longer on the team), and 2B/SS José Devers (career -0.2 WAR). The Miami Marlins gave Giancarlo Stanton away, even if getting out of that contract was a good thing.
Next: Giving away another NL MVP.