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Chances of Marlins trading Giancarlo Stanton: “as close to zero as they can be”

Jan 2, 2013, 3:40 PM EDT

There has been chatter that the Marlins will listen to offers for their unhappy, pre-arbitration slugging phenom Giancarlo Stanton, but the odds of such a deal are insanely low, Ken Rosenthal reports:

So you’re saying there’s a chance?

UPDATE: Sorry I originally wrote “Mike Stanton” here. Just dumb, auto-pilot habit on my part.

  1. jacobohakim - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:43 PM

    BOOM … Two days later he gets traded … (I’m a Marlins fan BTW)

  2. coryeuc - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Who is this “Mike” Stanton?

    • DelawarePhilliesFan - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      He was teammates with Leo Nunez

    • bigleagues - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:10 AM

      I mean, we do know that Giancarlo used to go by the name “Mike Stanton”, right?

      Honest mistake by Craig.

      For me, Albert will always be Joey. That’s the way it goes.

  3. jetstizzi85 - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:45 PM

    In other words, Marlins WILL trade him ASAP

  4. hockeyflow33 - Jan 2, 2013 at 3:52 PM

    They’ve always traded everyone with talent, why would this be an exception?

  5. xpensivewinos - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:18 PM

    The problem is, the Marlins could actually make a win-win trade here, but they’ve gotten to the point where they will never receive the benefit of the doubt under this ownership.

    If any team with a loaded farm system gave the Marlins 3 to 5 top notch “can’t miss” prospects who would start right away or in the very near future, that’s a smart baseball trade, but for the Marlins, it will be perceived as another negative (which doesn’t really make sense because they’re not dumping salary in his case).

    Marlins ownership has brought this on themselves, but if you can trade one stud for a bunch of other studs, don’t you do that deal? Especially when said one stud is not a happy employee……..

    I think San Diego is insane for not putting together a package of their young players and getting Stanton in the fold. New ownership needs to do something unconventional to get fans interested again. That would do it.

  6. onbucky96 - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:21 PM

    In Marlins speak that means he”ll be gone by next week…

  7. icanspeel - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:24 PM

    They should trade him if someone will pay an insane amount since his value is probably at his highest and he already made it known he isn’t happy with the Marlins.

  8. Detroit Michael - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    Odds of Stanton NOT being traded would be a lot closer to 0% if Loria & Samson werent running the Marlins.

  9. nategearhart - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:48 PM

    Anyone good at math knows that this is just a very, very subtle way of saying that the chances are 50-50.

  10. seattlenative57 - Jan 2, 2013 at 4:56 PM

    He’s as good as gone.

  11. 13arod - Jan 2, 2013 at 5:25 PM

    coryeuc doesn’t follow basevall i guess everybody knows mike standion

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:35 AM

      Or he could possibly be using sarcasm to point out a mistake…or something…

  12. mojosmagic - Jan 2, 2013 at 7:11 PM

    As long as he makes no money and is under the Marlins control Stanton won’t be traded which is the antithesis of a smart baseball decision.With Ebenezer Loria running the show it always comes down to money not winning. His motto is “I will find an @ss for every seat.

    • Old Gator - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Not necessarily. I was proceeding by the same logic a while back when I argued that they’d never fire Slobbering Ozzie (remember heem?). I proposed that he had two years and several million left on his contract and Scrooge McLoria was just too damned cheap to take that kind of a hit when the team was gonna suck for a few more years anyway. And hey, it turned out that Scrooge and the Chihuahua took the hit anyway. There are, apparently, dimensions of being a schmuck that Scrooge still wishes to explore that seemingly have little to do with money. It’s a shocking revelation, but now that we know it, we should be ready for anything.

    • jrbdmb - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:16 PM

      I also suspect they’ll hold onto Stanton for awhile longer. But when he hits arbitration next winter, he’s a goner.

  13. cowboysoldiertx - Jan 2, 2013 at 7:27 PM

    Are the Marlins afraid of losing their 175 fans?

    • mojosmagic - Jan 2, 2013 at 9:34 PM

      Yep they are.

      • Old Gator - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:09 PM

        No, they’re not. They weren’t afraid of losing the rest of them, were they?

    • Utley's Hair - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:37 AM

      They would rather drive them away. “Losing them” sounds too lazy.

  14. thejotapee - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:05 PM

    As a (former) Marlins fan, I’d trade Stanton at this point. There’s zero chance he signs a long term deal and his trade value may never be as high as it is now. Deal him now when you can get 5-6 top prospects for him. It’s not as if anyone is going to show up to the ballpark this year anyways…..

    • Old Gator - Jan 2, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Ah, you’ve thrown in the beach towel too, eh? Well, I can’t speak for the few that are left but I sure won’t be spending any money at Macondo Banana Massacre Field this season, or pretty much any season in the foreseeable future while Scrooge McLoria owns this team. And man, with baseball running in my blood since I was a horrible little brat, it took a lot to turn me off completely.

      The only way I will set foot in that augured-in mother ship is if my lawyer invites me to use one of his box seats. I mean, you gotta rise above principle and let a lawyer spend money on you once in a while, you know? But I’ll sneak my own flask and sandwich in – I’ll be damned if I’ll even let my lawyer spend his money on Scrooge’s concessions.

      • thejotapee - Jan 3, 2013 at 12:06 AM

        I’m with ya Gator. I’m boycotting until Loria sells the team. WE WANT MARK CUBAN!!!

  15. iladel90 - Jan 2, 2013 at 10:59 PM

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    • Utley's Hair - Jan 3, 2013 at 10:50 AM

      Who wants a fun free baseball game? Unless you mean to say it’s fun AND free…

      • jrbdmb - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:12 PM

        Well the Marlins are almost free, just not that fun.

  16. sawxalicious - Jan 3, 2013 at 2:12 AM

    I’m pretty sure that during the last Spring Training the chances of the Marlins trading Reyes, Buehrle, Ramirez, Johnson, and Bell within the same calendar year would have been said to be as close to zero as it could have been…and look what happened!

  17. bizzmoneyb - Jan 3, 2013 at 4:16 AM

    the Marlins will screw this one up in time, have no fear. they will wait until next year when he has a ridiculously low amount of RBIs because none of the minor leaguers around him can get on base. then they will trade him for 2 pitchers playing Rookie A ball. they straight up don’t know how to trade. Miguel Cabrera, nothing in return. Dan Uggla, nothing in return. Hanley Ramirez, nothing in return. combine this with zero production from a 1st Rd draft pick in 10+ years = awesome and competent front office. but the manager is always the reason they don’t win, proven by 8 different managers in the last 10 years. all while fleecing the city and county out of $500+ million dollars because they cried that they were losing millions of dollars every year. until Deadspin got ahold of their books to show they were among the most profitable teams in baseball. who wouldn’t want to be a huge fan of this team?!!

  18. anxovies - Jan 4, 2013 at 4:33 PM

    There must be something wrong with him anyway. Who changes their name from Mike to Giancarlo?

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