Speculation has been abound since it became apparent the Miami Marlins were considering, if not motivated, to trade Giancarlo Stanton this winter. Now under new ownership, the Marlins are looking to slash payroll for next season.
While Stanton is the organization’s top asset, getting out from under his exorbitant contract would go a long way toward the Marlins accomplishing one of their goals for 2018. Of course, that’s much easier said than done.
Stanton has 10 years and $295 million remaining on his deal, but perhaps of greater significance, a full no-trade clause. Despite the veto power he yields, several teams have been linked to the 2017 National League MVP.
The most aggressive of which is believed to be the San Francisco Giants. According to Craig Mish of SiriusXM, they entered into discussions with Stanton’s representatives:
Source : SF Giants front office executives are now in Los Angeles to meet with representatives of NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 1, 2017
The Giants reportedly submitted a trade proposal consisted of Joe Panik and two pitching prospects that the Marlins may be inclined to accept. Doing so would need approval from Stanton, and how willing he is to join the Giants is unclear, at least publicly.
By accepting a trade to the Giants, Stanton would join an organization saddled by a barren farm system and roster with some aging players who are still owed significant salaries. But even with that, it could be perceived as a better situation than one that might have turned toxic.
The Marlins were said to have warned Stanton if he’s resolute with his no-trade clause, the team would look to move other trade candidates and thus surround the four-time All-Star with a depleted roster.