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Giancarlo Stanton “not being shopped” by Marlins

Nov 14, 2012, 1:18 PM EDT

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The Marlins’ latest firesale and Giancarlo Stanton‘s understandably frustrated reaction has people wondering if the 23-year-old slugger may soon be on the way out of Miami as well.

Joe Frisaro of MLB.com says no, or at least he talked to a Marlins source who says the team has no intention of trading Stanton.

Stanton isn’t even arbitration eligible yet and can’t become a free agent until after 2016, so while Frisaro reports that the two sides haven’t talked about a long-term extension–and presumably Stanton wouldn’t be very keen on the idea if approached now–there’s little motivation for the Marlins to move him anytime soon.

Of course, a month ago the Marlins’ decision-makers were insisting there wouldn’t be a firesale this offseason and look where that got us. At this point Stanton probably hopes they’re being less than truthful about his status too.

  1. ezthinking - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:22 PM

    With no other threats in the lineup, he’ll probably hit 50 solo jacks next season.

  2. lyon810 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:27 PM

    Doubt that, every team will simply walk him seeing as there are no credible threats ahead or behind him

    • ezthinking - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:57 PM

      Exactly. May as well pitch to him since by the time of his second AB the Marlins will be down 5 runs and a solo jack is no big deal.

      • zhangocracy - Nov 15, 2012 at 2:25 AM

        Tell that to the pitcher whose next contract is dependent on his ERA, moron.

      • turbowtc - Nov 15, 2012 at 4:53 PM

        Yeah ezthinking.. You couldn’t be more wrong. Pitchers will pitch around him. You need to have a threat behind you in order to see the good pitches. They won’t be afraid at all to walk him cause there isn’t anyone else worth a damn.

  3. xmatt0926x - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:34 PM

    Set this kid free, Loria. For the love of God you traded everyone else except him. Give him a break and let him go compete for a real team. Think about it. The only familiar presence on the team will be …….. Logan Morrison. For the love of Christ, that’s a fate worse than death. Now Mike Stanton has to pretend he likes LoMo because he won’t know anyone else on the team. It’s like that guy in the office you really want nothing to do with but if you ignore him there won’t be anyone to talk to all day.

    • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:49 PM

      No, he’s not being shopped. You have to go into the store to find the deals on clearance.

  4. alexo0 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:44 PM

    He’s a big performer that is as cheap as you can get. Loria still has a few more years to exploit from him. If he was closer to free agency, maybe, but definitely not right now. I’d say that Stanton should just ask to be moved, but even then I doubt they would do it.

  5. nav711 - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:45 PM

    I’m tired of people in Miami crying about everything. Bottom line is, you people don’t support your teams! This is not a sports town. Nobody goes to Marlins games, Dolphins ans Canes games are always empty and even Heat games don’t sell out. STOP BITCHING AND SUPPORT YOUR STINKY TEAMS!!!

    • Old Gator - Nov 14, 2012 at 1:48 PM

      Sure – and keep inviting our owners to kick us in the teeth. Look in the mirror. See the idiot?

    • nybostonfan - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:04 PM

      Good point about fans in FL but I think the bigger story is the man at the top. I would be PISSED if I was a Marlins fan. He got what he wanted (new stadium) and now he sold his team for pennies on the dollar.

      • zhangocracy - Nov 15, 2012 at 12:11 PM

        How did the owner sell for pennies on the dollar? He unloaded big contracts that Toronto has to pay for.

    • nategearhart - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:43 PM

      When you go eat at a local restaurant and they serve you a plate of dog shit, then the owner kicks you in the dick on your way out, do you ever go back, just because it’s local?

    • stex52 - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:53 PM

      It’s a two-way street. If they refuse to give you a worthwhile product, why should you support them. Fan does not equal “idiot.” At least it doesn’t have to.

  6. willclarkgameface - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    His only recourse is to hit the shit out of the ball, wait for arbitration every year, and kick Loria in the nuts as the arbiter sides with Stanton each time.

    I’m NEVER one to side with the players as they treat the game like the business it is, playing the same game as the dopes in the front office, but stick it to ‘em Stanton.

    You deserve it because your baseball life is going to be hell for the next 4 years.

    • cur68 - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:40 PM

      If anyone deserves a big steaming cup of Rage Sauceā„¢ its The Iron Giant. You tell ‘em, ‘game face.

  7. 1972wasalongtimeago - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:21 PM

    Okay, I had time to sleep on it. Here’s the thought.

    The 2012 Marlins sucked. And they were boring. The Reyes contract is ridiculous. He’s a DL stint waiting to happen, and when he’s healthy he’s pretty good but not superstar. And he’s only going to get worse (and more expensive per year). Speaking of DL stint waiting to hapen, look it up in the dictionary and you’ll see Josh Johnson’s picture, and when healthy, he hasn’t been an “Ace” in a few years. Buehrle is a .500 pitcher and nobody has ever said, “I have to buy a ticket to tonight’s game, Mark Buehrle is pitching”. Bonifacio is okay, but whatever. And Buck is the worst catcher in the league.

    In other words, I’m not going to miss any of the guys they traded.

    Buuuuuut…..this trade isn’t made in a vacuum. There’s a track record, and that track record didn’t end with a new stadium like we wanted to believe it would. And the harsh reality is that if (and that’s a big if) any of the guys they got today turn out to be really good, it’s only a matter of time before they’re sold off too. Stanton won’t re-sign so he’ll be traded the second he costs money. So how can we invest (financially and/or emotionally) in the Marlins ever again, as long as these guys are running the show.

    So I’m actually okay with saying adios to the guys who made up a horrible and boring team. But I am sad because any good that might come from this trade will be short lived and there’s nothing they can say or do that will make me think otherwise..

  8. dcpowergator - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:49 PM

    send him to the Nats for 1B/OF Tyler Moore, 3B Anthony Rendon, P Matt Purke, OF Corey Brown and 1B Chris Marrero.

    people would b!tch, naturally, but that’s a package that would choke a horse.

    let’s see… a young power hitter ready for a starting job (which he won’t get in washington), two super high level prospects (rendon was the #6 overall pick and consensus best hitter in the 2011 draft, purke had #1 overall stuff but was injured his last year at TCU so the nats drafted him in the 3rd round and gave him 1st round money to sign him) that could each be in miami by the end of 2013 and two former high level prospects whose progress was slowed by injury but who could each make miami’s opening day 2013 roster. marrero was a 2006 1st rounder born and raised in miami who was knocking off injury rust off last year but has been an all star at three different minor league levels, brown destroyed the IL last year (2nd in OPS and HR, 1st in runs scored, 6th in RBI, 13th in SB), has plus defense and was an all star at four different levels.

    • dcpowergator - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:58 PM

      if they want to at least claim all this is in the mode of being oakland lite, they HAVE to trade the young, pre-arbitration talent like stanton because that’s what brings the most return, not guys who are already signed to giant contracts because there’s plenty of FAs out there waiting to be overpaid that you don’t have to give up anything to get (except draft picks).

      actually, i think toronto got hosed here. if they signed michael bourn and kyle lohse, they would have two better players than reyes and buehrle for much less money. one year of the pitcher who used to be josh johnson and one year of john buck couldn’t make that much of a difference.

      if this were any team but the marlins, the outcry would be much less. BECAUSE it’s the marlins, they deserve every ounce of scorn and derision they are receiving.

    • stex52 - Nov 14, 2012 at 3:39 PM

      Way too much for Stanton, but I guess you know that. He’s a real talent, but you are sending too much future to get him. You can make a better deal than that.

      • dcpowergator - Nov 14, 2012 at 11:47 PM

        funny, on washingtonpost.com i suggested the same thing and people said i was way too optimistic so that must mean i’m getting close! i think mike rizzo would do this in 2 seconds.

        stanton would obviously replace moore as a corner OF. actually, he would replace michael morse, who the nats could then flip (he has one year remaining at about $5M) to replace a little of this minor league talent or station at 1B in case laroche is not resigned.

        rendon and purke are the two high end prospects you have to have to make this kind of deal work. could you insert other names here? sure, brian goodwin, for one, and alex meyer for another. i kept goodwin so he could have a chance to play CF in 2014-15 and move werth or stanton (or zimmerman) to 1B after laroche is done. i kept meyer because i think he’s better than purke!

        brown has no opportunity to play in DC but i think could be a late bloomer type in the right opportunity (like morse had with a much crappier DC team a few years ago). marrero’s a 24 year old former first round lottery ticket from miami who has a thoroughbred pedigree but has had to battle injuries the last few years. neither would be missed from the DC farm system unless marrero’s lottery ticket turns out to be a really big winner.

  9. samaniego92 - Nov 14, 2012 at 2:52 PM

    Wouldn’t mind see him patrolling RF at Dodger stadium. I love Ethier but would make a big trade in a heartbeat

    • richyballgame - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:28 PM

      Nahh,let the Mets have him!
      *Insert thumbs down here*
      Would be a perfect fit for us anyway.

  10. ptfu - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:11 PM

    Uh oh. The Feesh made Giancarlo Stanton angry. Scoreboards around the league suddenly got very nervous. When he’s not breaking them, he’ll be lighting them up. It says here the Iron Giant’s 2013 is going to be a monster season.

  11. sawxalicious - Nov 14, 2012 at 4:57 PM

    I think Marlins fans should not only boycott the games but contact the corporate sponsors and threaten to boycott them as we’ll. Loria said he couldn’t afford good players because he didn’t have the revenue a new stadium provided. The public bought him a new stadium, and he goes out oh his way to remove every recognizable name from the roster? WTF!
    I can see no better time to let a guy like Mark Cuban become an MLB owner.

  12. richyballgame - Nov 14, 2012 at 5:26 PM

    I would request for a trade if I were Giancarlo,or simply refuse to play. I surely wouldn’t blame him or call him a quitter,someone needs to stand up to Loria and his goons,how about their biggest star?

  13. mojosmagic - Nov 14, 2012 at 10:52 PM

    They might deal him if a team comes up with a package of talented younger and even cheaper players then Stanton. He might be at his peak of market value since nobody is going to pitch to him next year. An aggressive hitter with no help or protection in the lineup Stanton’s stats will suffer.

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