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Once again, the Marlins are telling Giancarlo Stanton he won’t be traded

Jul 2, 2014, 10:55 AM EDT

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One of the more interesting tidbits within the Astros’ leaked internal communications earlier this week was an potential trade for Marlins superstar Giancarlo Stanton, which means the Marlins are yet again trying to convince the baseball world and Stanton that he’s not going to be traded.

Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald reports that Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill called Stanton personally to assure him there were no trade talks ongoing currently and then Hill told reporters the following:

I told you guys in the beginning of the winter that he’s not available–and we’re not shopping him. I would expect clubs to call on a good player. He’s a good player and I think that’s the point we want to make sure gets out. I’ve spoken to him and told him exactly that. So there’s no miscommunication and no misinterpretation on anybody’s part. We haven’t shopped him. He’s not available. We want that to be crystal clear.

We talk to our counterparts all the time. They like some of our players and we like some of their players. That doesn’t mean any of them are available. In that situation, it’s unfortunate they got hacked and it’s unfortunate that information got out there. But we just wanted to set the record straight he is not available. We didn’t go around calling and shopping him. It’s a non-story on our end.

All of which sounds perfectly fair and reasonable, except Miami’s history with trading away star talent makes it a story whether Hill likes it or not.

  1. sabatimus - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:07 AM

    With Loria, you simply never know.

    • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:13 AM

      Yes you do. It has never been anything but a question of “when,” not “if.”

      • sabatimus - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:23 PM

        I stand corrected.

  2. indaburg - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:17 AM

    I wonder if they told Stanton to buy a nice house in Miami.

  3. urallstupid - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:18 AM

    stanton should ask for a trade. miami sucks and will continue to suck.

  4. wilmyers09 - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:30 AM

    urallstupid they might make the playoffs idiot

  5. icanspeel - Jul 2, 2014 at 11:32 AM

    They should sign him to a long term deal with a no-trade clause, that would really let him know he is going nowhere.

    • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:01 PM

      No way he signs that. He won’t encumber himself beyond the last year of his indenture to this team, which is 2016. His antipathy to the Feesh ownership notwithstanding, he wants to go back home to the sunset side.

      • icanspeel - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:14 PM

        Which begs the question, why would he care if they were talking trades? They always make it a point to say they aren’t and go as far as calling him and telling him they aren’t.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:35 PM

        It’s like in anyone’s job. Would you rather choose your next location, or would you rather be told where your next job is?

        That’s why he wouldn’t be as excited about being traded. If it’s destination Cleveland (random choice) a West Coast boy isn’t going to be very excited.

      • Old Gator - Jul 2, 2014 at 12:41 PM

        Sounds like you’re mixing up two different sets of concerns. I doubt if the Iron Giant does care much, beyond the usual concerns about dislocation and relocation involved in a trade – but the Feesh do have to make a show of being concerned about their cornerstone players. I’m sure you recall how he blasted management on Twitter following the great salary dump of the 2012 orfseason. I doubt if even Scrooge McLoria is masochistic enough to want to take a bath in P/R lye of that magnitude again.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:45 PM

        Yeah, it was interesting to see that you could actually penetrate that thick skin of Loria’s. It was a little more than I wanted.

        Dare I say, though, that after all the gyrations, are the Feesh a little closer to long term good than they would have been if they hadn’t made the dumps? Feel free to flame me if my opinion is inaccurate.

      • stex52 - Jul 2, 2014 at 4:50 PM

        “He wanted” I didn’t give a cr*p.

  6. kevinbnyc - Jul 2, 2014 at 1:28 PM

    He’s not available. We’re not shopping him. Until after we win the 2016 World Series and need to cut the payroll back down to 7 figures.

  7. tmc602014 - Jul 2, 2014 at 7:25 PM

    The entire Marlins front office has been instructed: “If media inquire about Stanton trade rumors, place left hand behind back, cross fingers, and say this…”

  8. marketingforcontractors - Jul 4, 2014 at 12:51 PM

    Stanton is going to crush all records for Arbitration eligible contracts going into next season. He was paid more than 50% more than was expected in 2014 and his raise will at least double his current $6.5 million salary. In 2016 it will double gain if he has not been signed long term. Then look for a salary in the $30 million per year range when he hits FA at 27 years old. And Stanton and his agent know what he is worth.

    You dont have to be a CPA or a rocket scientist to realize that there is simply no way the Marlins can pay him. With revenue in the bottom third of the league and abysmal attendance, the Marlins can’t afford a payroll north of $80 million. You cant pay Stanton 25% of that in 2016 and 30++ percent of that in 2017 and beyond and hope to compete.

    Regardless of what lies Hill is telling himself and the media, Stanton will be traded. Its not a question of IF, its only a question of WHEN. My guess is this offseason, a few days after season ticket holders have to renew their seats.

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