The Miami Marlins recently agreed with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants on a “general framework” for deals involving outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton, 28, has recently said he would rather be traded than be part of another rebuilding process in Miami. However, it is believed that at this point he has demanded to be traded to no other team besides the Los Angeles Dodgers.
I think that ultimately, Stanton will bend and accept a deal to the Giants. The Dodgers know that Stanton wants to go there, so they aren’t going to give Miami the world and will hold their cards close.
However, since Stanton has a no-trade clause, he can still choose to wait out the Dodgers decision. The downside to this is that if he waits to long, he could risk being stuck with the Marlins which he doesn’t want.
I’ve heard that part of the package that the Marlins would receive in exchange for Stanton is second baseman Joe Panik.
If this goes down, the Marlins will then be forced to move Dee Gordon, who is owed $10.8 million this season, followed by $13.3 million in 2019 and $13.8 million in 2020.
The Mets are reportedly in the market for a second baseman, and if Gordon becomes expendable, he is a guy the Mets should pursue.
In 158 games for Miami in 2017, Gordon hit .308/.341/.375 with two homers and 33 RBI in 695 plate appearances. He also had a 92 wRC+, .312 wOBA and was good for 3.1 WAR, while swiping 60 bags.
In the field, he committed 12 errors in 1,293.1 innings while being good for three defensive runs saved and had a 6.4 UZR.
Trading Stanton to the Giants instead of Dodgers could actually give the Mets more leverage, with the Marlins being forced to lower the price on Gordon.
Regardless, I’m just excited to see both Shohei Ohtani sign and Giancarlo Stanton be traded, that way the offseason can finally get moving.