Marlins Prepping Huge Offseason Extension For Stanton, Wont Trade Him Unless He Declines

An article by posted on July 9, 2013

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Maybe this news from Marlins beat writer Joe Frisaro will put to bed any further Giancarlo Stanton to the Mets rumblings, but don’t count on it.

On Saturday, the Marlins dealt Ricky Nolasco to the Dodgers for three pitching prospects, and according to Frisaro the move was expected because he is eligible for free agency after the season and he wasn’t part of Miami’s future plans.

It wasn’t the beginning of another fire sale and Frisaro says the Marlins have no intentions of shedding any of their core players.

Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest made it clear the organization remains open for business on the trade front, but that they also aren’t necessarily to unload any of their core players.

The most prominent name in the organization is Giancarlo Stanton, the 23-year-old slugger. But Stanton isn’t on the market, and he isn’t expected to be dealt this season. There is a chance he could be moved in the offseason, if he declines a multi-year offer. Even if he does, it isn’t automatic he will be traded.

Financially, Frisaro adds, the Marlins are well positioned to take on Stanton’s first-year salary in arbitration.

I just don’t see any circumstances barring a complete blow-them-away offer that would bring Stanton to the Mets.

And by that I mean Wheeler, Syndergaard and Flores…

Even that might not get it done…

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