Giancarlo Stanton is not available in a trade and he was never available in a trade. The Miami Marlins insist that is the truth.
Until yesterday all the Marlins had to worry about was trade rumors and grumblings from reporters. But when the internal discussions from the Houston Astros’ database were leaked on Monday, general manager Dan Jennings and the Miami front office had to defend their position against more substantive information.
With that information available, the Marlins emphasized again on Tuesday that Stanton is not on the trade market and that he never was on the trade market. According to Joe Frisaro and Maria Torres of MLB.com:
“Unfortunately, whatever they put in their system was leaked,” Hill said. “We know what the truth was. We’ve never shopped him. I told you guys from Day 1 last winter. We never shopped him. We never intended on doing anything. We shut it down, so it wouldn’t be an issue.”
The Marlins on Monday, a scheduled off day, called Stanton to inform the right fielder that he is not being traded.
All of the supposed trade talks were alleged to take place before the 2014 season started, something that seems relevant given the fact that Stanton has batted .313/.408/.590 with 21 home runs and 60 RBI. Oh, and he is only 24 years old and under team control through 2016.
Every team wants to trade for Stanton, and understandably so, but given his production this season we can all agree that is very unlikely to happen, regardless of what these leaked documents say.