Well, there you have it. The Miami Marlins will not trade young slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
Boy, I bet that’s comforting. Let’s ask Jose Reyes about the Marlins declaring he wouldn’t be traded. Wait, what? He’s in Toronto? Why? Because he was traded there?!?!? SAY WHAT!?
All jokes aside, unlike Reyes, who had signed a contract that was probably worth more than many third world countries, Stanton is on a team friendly deal and despite apparent requests to move him, the Marlins aren’t interested. In fact, one source went as far as to call him a building block:
Still, when you peel back the speculation, and you explore the actual facts, you will find that in Stanton’s case, the 23-year-old is not on the market. Taking it a step further, he might not be for quite a while, meaning at least another couple of years.
According to two well connected sources, the Marlins consider Stanton as a building block, not a trade chip.
One source called recent Stanton trade speculation, “laughable and lies.”
Unfortunately for the Marlins, Stanton has refused to sign an extension and given their current ownership group, it’s understandable why. So while the powerful bat may not be shipped out this year, it almost seems like a matter of time.