By Ivan Morrobel
Published: November 8th, 2017
The Miami Marlins’ 28-year-old slugger Giancarlo Stanton has been very clear that he doesn’t want to be a part of the team’s rebuild, which has caused trade rumors to spark.
“I don’t want to rebuild. I’ve lost for seven years,” he told senior sports writer Jon Heyman. Stanton, who appeared on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Oct. 24, said, “We’re going to get together after the World Series.”
In Nov. 2014, Stanton and the Marlins agreed to a 13-year, $325 million extension, the most expensive contract in sports history. Fans were mind-boggled by the amount of money that was offered, but clearly the right-fielder was willing to be a key piece in Miami’s future. However, three years later, the Marlins have been sold to former Yankees captain Derek Jeter and his group for $1.2 billion and are looking to make changes in the near future.
Stanton is coming off a season in which he led Major League Baseball in home runs (59) and runs batted in (132). The power-hitting outfielder also posted career highs in hits, slugging percentage, and runs scored. Despite having his best season to date, many speculate that Miami may be open to trading their best player. According to columnist Buster Olney, “Marlins communicated to other teams they are open to offers for Giancarlo Stanton, Dee Gordon, Martin Pardo.” If the Marlins are seriously considering trading more than one player, an explicit rebuild will be underway.
The possibility of a Stanton trade come with its cons, though. First, Stanton’s contract includes a no-trade clause, which means he cannot be forced to move anywhere unless he approves. Second, he’s still owed $295 million over the next ten seasons, which eliminates many teams who cannot afford to undertake such a deal. Finally, Stanton, who has played for eight seasons, has only two seasons in his career where he has played 150 games. His inability to play a full season could prevent some teams from putting together a deal.
Some teams that have been linked to Stanton include the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals, and Philadelphia Phillies. There have also been rumors that the Boston Red Sox could be searching for a power-hitter after they finished 27th in the league in home runs.
“I grew up a Dodgers fan, so if that’s where they want to go,” Stanton said when asked about the possibility of being traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers. The four-time All-Star has yet to participate in postseason play. Therefore, depending on the offers Miami receives for a possible blockbuster deal, he’s more than likely to reject if the team isn’t a contender.
The Miami Marlins haven’t clinched a postseason berth since winning the 2003 World Series. With their new ownership looking to shed some payroll moving forward, the team’s finest talent may be the first to be ousted. Wherever Stanton lands, he’s poised to make an immediate impact and bolster any team’s offense. The right fielder will be baseball’s biggest storyline this offseason as fans throughout the league standby for the arrival of the 2018 season.