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Giancarlo Stanton ready to “push forward” with Marlins following tumultuous offseason

Feb 15, 2013, 10:36 PM EDT

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Giancarlo Stanton was understandably peeved after the Marlins unloaded Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Emilio Bonifacio in a trade with the Blue Jays in December. However, Joe Frisaro of MLB.com notes that Stanton took the high road at Marlins’ camp today in his first public comments of the spring.

“You’re not going to linger on something and cry about it all day,” Stanton said. “You let it be known how you feel, and push forward.”

There’s no reason to be mad,” Stanton said. “I’m here healthy and ready to play and be a part of the team. The other nonsense, let it be what it is. We’re here to be out on the field.

“People who know me, and not just assume things, they know how I am. There’s not going to be any pouting or any of that stuff. We’re good.”

While many feel bad for Stanton’s predicament, including his former teammate Reyes, the 23-year-old slugger isn’t looking for any sympathy.

“I’m not one to [say], ‘Hey, everyone, feel sorry for me.’ What is there to feel sorry for me about?” Stanton said. “I’m in the big leagues. I play a game for a living.”

There has been plenty of speculation about Stanton’s future, but he wouldn’t really go there today, simply saying that he hasn’t been offered a contract extension. Stanton is set to qualify for arbitration for the first time next offseason, so the odds of a trade will only increase as he gets more expensive and approaches free agency.

Stanton batted .290/.361/.608 with 37 home runs, 86 RBI and a .969 OPS in 123 games last season. He has 93 home runs over his first 373 games in the big leagues. Only eight players have more over the first three years of their career, including Chuck Klein, Frank Robinson, Ryan Braun, Joe DiMaggio, Mark Teixeira, Eddie Matthews, Ralph Kiner and Albert Pujols. Pretty good company.

  1. 13arod - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:07 PM

    I would still be mad if i was stanton and be demanding a trade

  2. thebadguyswon - Feb 15, 2013 at 11:10 PM

    I’m sure he’ll get one next winter.

  3. Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:34 AM

    What else can the Iron Giant say or do in his situation? He better be prepared to work on his batting eye because no one is going to pitch to him what that parade of limp noodles lined up behind him. About the only prayer of seeing anything to hit will be to have Ruggiano batting behind cleanup behind him, and even there, if he comes up with RISP, pitchers are going to take their chances with Ruggie instead – unless the guy has a monster year himself. The Giant is going to have to learn how to feast on mistakes or nothing. And if he has a great year, he can pray that going stubbornly into arbitration will scare Scrooge McLoria and the Chihuahua into shipping him someplace where he has a better environment in which to play.

    Incidentally, you’ll note that he didn’t retract anything he said previously, either. Nice way to run an invisible flag up the pole so that the ones meant to see it through their special green tinted lenses will actually get the message.

  4. yankeepunk3000 - Feb 16, 2013 at 3:05 AM

    “I play baseball for a living” love it really like how he knows and says the reality. its a blessing and he just moved up onto my top favorite players list lol. Plus his OPS was 969 yikes that’s damn good. hope too see him get a chance to play for a contender again be that the Marlins or somewhere else.

  5. echech88 - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:09 AM

    He knows he’s heading to Texas, NY or Boston in a few months anyway

    • paperlions - Feb 16, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      Only if those teams want to pay in both prospects and dollars. I think the Yankees are more interested in trying to develop and keep some of their position prospects instead of moving all of them to obtain more expensive players. I think Boston is probably of a similar mind at the moment. Not many teams have the prospects (or young, cheap MLB players) necessary to trade for Stanton. It’ll be interesting to see what Miami can get for him.

    • Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 11:06 AM

      Those would be waystations anyway. He’s made no secret of his desire to go home to the sunset side. Eventually he will, of course, and other teams in the market for his services know that. If he continues to develop as a player, he’ll just go on hammering his employers in arbitration until someone sends him where he really wants to be.

  6. hammyofdoom - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    I love these comments. Never does he say he isnt angry, doesn’t want out or anything of that sort. Instead he is just moving on since there is nothing else he can do at this point and is going to go about his business; he didnt retract anything or speak out of both sides of his mouth, he is merely being a professional. I’m liking Mr. Stanton more and more every day

    • Old Gator - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:21 PM

      You sure you read the comments above first? That coffee you’re drinking must be pretty thin, Bubba.

  7. jimmymarlinsfan - Feb 16, 2013 at 12:49 PM

    Go marlins!

  8. imprintmatt - Feb 17, 2013 at 1:01 AM

    Wow… hard to hold weight as an writer when you leave the fastest player to hit 100 hr off your list. Not to mention Howard hit 127 hrs in his first 3 yrs

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