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Report: Pirates made serious offer for Giancarlo Stanton

Jul 31, 2013, 8:51 PM EDT

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The Marlins made it clear to everyone that they weren’t interested in trading their star right fielder, but according to the Pittsburgh Tribune-Reviews’s Rob Biertempfel, the Pirates made an offer for Giancarlo Stanton that “caught the attention of the Marlins’ front office” before being rebuffed.

With either Gerrit Cole or Jameson Taillon to headline a deal, the Pirates had the ability to put together a pretty enticing package. Other players they could have used include shortstop Alen Hanson, right-hander Luis Heredia and outfielders Gregory Polanco and Josh Bell. It’d probably take four top prospects just to get a foot in the door with the Marlins, and when the team does make Stanton available, it’s a safe bet that at least a half dozen teams will chime with serious offers.

The Pirates, though, came up empty on all of their inquiries before Wednesday’s deadline. They also had varying levels of interest in Alex Rios and Nate Schierholtz for right field, and they made a run at the Angels’ Mark Trumbo.

  1. afrancis55 - Jul 31, 2013 at 8:59 PM

    Marlins should’ve dealt Stanton and got something in return for him because they’re not getting anything after he walks at the end of the season

    • bronco58lb - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

      Stanton will have 3.118 years of service time by season’s end. He’s not eligible for free agency until the end of the 2016 season.

    • frank433 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:43 PM

      I remember the first time I hit free agency early.

    • Michael Silberling - Aug 1, 2013 at 10:45 AM

      The Marlins do have serious concerns about Stanton’s tendency to go on high risk nature walks. This is what the commenter meant.

  2. thekingdave - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:06 PM

    That’d make total sense…if he had the ability to leave Miami.

  3. Stiller43 - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:20 PM

    Awee man that would have been awesome…

    But oh well. We’ll go with what we got.

  4. icanspeel - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:21 PM

    I think if the Marlins might be decent next year. If they can find a good veteran presence to join the young talent. Might as well keep Stanton and see how the young team does after growing pains this year.

  5. theinconvienenttruth - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:27 PM

    Josh Bell…lol

    • bronco58lb - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:47 PM

      Bell’s stock has definitely dropped since his 2011 prep season, but he’s made legitimate progress this year after a wasted 2012. He has shown decent power with 30 doubles and has gotten his plate discipline to a respectable level (.341 OBA) after a worrisome debut.

  6. 13arod - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:31 PM

    bronco58lb no he is a free agent this year

    • albertmn - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:36 PM

      No. Not even arbitration eligible until 2014 (per I don’t know if that means before or after the 2014 season, but he will not be a free agent this offseason.

  7. doggeatdogg - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:40 PM

    Some act by the Marlins, not fooling anyone. They are looking into the best possible deal involving Stanton for prospects because it’s what they do. These prospect improve, then they get dealt for more prospects. The Marlins are every owners’ minor league farm. It’s the vortex that no player wants to fall into.

  8. Old Gator - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:50 PM

    Although on one level anywhere not owned by Scrooge McLoria would have been fine for the Iron Giant at this point, he’s made it pretty clear in ways subtle and unsubtle that he’s headed back to California to play near home as soon as he has the leverage to achieve it. Ergo, anyone who wants him now will have to assume that they’ll lose him within a few more years at most if they’re not a sunset side team. No one is going to empty their farm for someone who’s got one foot out the door already.

    • dan1111 - Aug 1, 2013 at 7:26 AM

      3+ seasons of a player of Stanton’s caliber (plus a draft pick if he leaves in free agency) is worth some good prospects.

      And I doubt teams would give too much weight to Stanton’s preference for the west coast. Players say lots of things, but very often when the money is on the table, things are different. If the team that acquired him offered a big contract extension, would he turn it down? Doubtful.

  9. eightyraw - Jul 31, 2013 at 9:53 PM

    Update: The Pirates did not in fact make any offer for Stanton

  10. 13arod - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:11 PM

    He is aribration elbille this year and wouldnt be surprised if marlins dont offer him aribration

    • eightyraw - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:25 PM

      How dense are you?

      • eightyraw - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:26 PM

        “Aribration elbille” answers my question. Now I look foolish.

  11. weaselpuppy - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:15 PM

    The Miggy trade was for the #1,2 and 6 prospects in the Tigers system ( with Miller and Maybin in top 25 in MiLB) and a fungible relief arm plus a backup catcher….and Dontrelle Willis….

  12. mrpinkca - Jul 31, 2013 at 10:54 PM

    McCutchen and Stanton, destroying baseballs all day long. It would almost make up for the 20 years of under .500 baseball.

  13. moogro - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:06 PM

    Pittsburgh general manager Neal Huntington stressed he aggressively sought help for one of the National League’s weaker offenses but didn’t want to do it while gutting a replenished farm system.

    “We talk a lot about, we don’t want to do something stupid,” Huntington said before the game. “We were willing to do something stupid, we just didn’t want to do anything insane.”

  14. theageofquarrel - Jul 31, 2013 at 11:09 PM

    Oh well,it’s the Marlins loss.

  15. bigtrav425 - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:25 AM

    Note to the Dolans and their front office and the shittiest scouting dept. in baseball……please read about the Pirates this season and take notes on how they draft as well

  16. modellforprez - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:21 AM

    Theinconviencetruth or whatever that bullshit said are you crazy dude JOSH BELL is a beast you crackhead look him up. Dipshit

    • eightyraw - Aug 1, 2013 at 1:46 AM

      B to B- prospect; roughly 7th-best in the system. Beast?

  17. bizzmoneyb - Aug 1, 2013 at 5:16 AM

    that was too much for the Marlins to digest. everyone knows that you offer the Marlins a ridiculously one sided deal and they will take it. shouldve gone with two Single A prospects hitting around .150 for the year and Loria wouldve jumped on it.

  18. imnotyourbuddyguy - Aug 1, 2013 at 11:18 AM

    I don’t think the Angels have a prospect that would crack the Pirates top 10, freaky

  19. drpluta - Aug 1, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Reblogged this on THE QUARTERBACK and commented:
    I’m glad they’re reporting the serious offers and not the joking offers. Can you imagine the headlines? “Report: New York Yankees Make New Offer to A-Rod for a Reported $200MM Extension, Right Before A-Rod Signed Brian Cashman Pulled It Away Yelling ‘Gotcha!’ “

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