Monday, March 4, 2013
More signs Stanton will be traded?
By Jason A. Churchill
The first sign that perhaps Giancarlo Stanton may be traded fairly soon came when the rest of the roster -- every player making seven figures with the exception right-hander Ricky Nolasco -- was traded away over the winter. Sign No. 2 may be ownership saying no long-term offer will be made to the right fielder. That news popped up last week when Jeffrey Loria said the time to approach Stanton is not this season.
He may be right -- Stanton is not arbitration eligible until after this season -- but if the club doesn't do something to tell Stanton he's wanted and that Miami is the place for him, he may spurn any future offers so he can get to free agency and skate South Beach faster than the club paired payroll over the offseason.
The best time to move Stanton via trade may come before Loria feels is the right time to look to lock him up for the long haul. The closer Stanton gets to free agency -- and the pricier he gets via arbitration -- the more his value to others clubs shrinks.
The deal the Arizona Diamondbacks received in exchange for Justin Upton probably doesn't help the Marlins in any near-future trade negotiations for their young star. If Stanton, however, has a big first half, his value could skyrocket and clubs with loads of young talent could line up to make offers. If Loria has no plans to pay Stanton long term, they will trade him. At least that's their history, as they rarely let a player get through his contract and leave without more than draft-pick compensation.
One AL executive told Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe never to rule out the Tigers as a major player for Stanton. Tigers GM Dave Dombrowski has strong ties to the Marlins and the Tigers have low-priced bargaining chips such as third baseman/outfielder Nick Castellanos and outfielder Avisail Garcia.