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The Miami Marlins are at a very interesting point in their franchise’s history. They are currently in the process of a transition in ownership. At the same time the team and their star player, NL MVP, Giancarlo Stanton are mutually seeking a trade. For Stanton the reasoning is simple; he wants to win. The Marlins on the other hand are looking to rebuild and having a contract worth $295 million over the next ten years would not help push things forward. Of course Stanton is a once in a lifetime player, but from the team’s standpoint they know they aren’t ready to win now, so they want to get young talent in return and not have to pay all the money they owe him.
The Marlins have also recently gave Stanton a cut and dry ultimatum. According to sources close to the situation, the team told Stanton back in October that if he did not waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to a team of their liking, then they would keep him in Miami and trade off other key players. Players such as Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon could be traded in order to make more room in their payroll.
It seems as if this is now a game of chess between Giancarlo Stanton and his camp, and the Marlins front office. I don’t see a loser in this situation however, which is good. If you’re Stanton you know you’re going to be getting top-dollar and you’ll be going to a good team. If you’re the Marlins you know you’ll be getting a haul of young talent for Stanton and you’ll also be saving a ton of money.
Giancarlo hit at a slash line of .281/59/132 in 2017 which is absolutely phenomenal. To go along with the MVP season last year he also had a pretty clean bill of health. Stanton played in 159 out of 162 games last year which is important for a player like him that has dealt with injuries before.