Player News - Marlins

Date: Team: Pos:

USA Today's Bob Nightengale reports that the Giants "have been the most aggressive team" in trade talks involving Giancarlo Stanton.

The Giants and Cardinals have been the two clubs pegged as the most determined in negotiations about the just-named National League MVP. Of course, it remains to be seen whether Stanton would even be willing to accept a trade to either team. Nightengale adds that the Marlins are "not close" to trading their star outfielder anywhere at this point, although the likelihood that he'll be dealt at some point this offseason remains very high. Miami would surely like more teams to get in on the bidding and they may wait things out in hopes that that happens.
Nov 17 - 10:45 AM

Giancarlo Stanton edged out Joey Votto for the National League MVP award announced by the BBWAA on Thursday.

By a whole two points (302-300). Both players received 10 first-place votes. Stanton got one more second and one more third, which was enough to carry the day. In all, six players got first-place votes on a tough-to-figure ballot. Paul Goldschmidt (four first-place votes) finished third in the balloting ahead of Nolan Arenado (two first-place) and Charlie Blackmon (three first-place). Anthony Rendon was sixth in the balloting, though he wasn't higher than third on any ballot. Kris Bryant got the last first-place vote and finished seventh.
Source: BBWAA.com
Nov 16 - 6:21 PM

Jon Morosi of the MLB Network is reporting that the Marlins would need to include cash in a trade of Giancarlo Stanton if Miami wants to receive high-level prospects.

Stanton has $295 million left on his deal, which is what teams are telling Morosi is roughly what the slugger would get on the open market. On paper, this makes sense. Giving up a premium contract as well as premium prospects is asking a lot, even for a player who hit 59 homers and could be named Most Valuable Player. On the other hand, the Marlins know that this market has almost nothing in middle-of-the-order bats, and nothing that comes close to offering the power and on-base skills of Stanton, with all due respect to J.D. Martinez and Eric Hosmer. Stanton's no-trade clause and reported -- but unproven -- lack of interest in playing in the Midwest also hurts his trade value. Where Stanton goes and what a team will give up for the star outfielder is one of the biggest stories of the 2018 offseason.
Nov 15 - 5:49 PM

Jon Morosi of MLB Network confirms that the Cardinals and Marlins discussed "trade concepts" involving Giancarlo Stanton at the GM Meetings on Wednesday.

St. Louis has been regularly put forth as a potential landing spot for Stanton, so this report comes as no surprise. There is some chatter that the 28-year-old slugger would not waive his full no-trade clause for a move to a Midwest team, but that idea has not been substantiated by anyone in Stanton's camp. In terms of prospects and payroll space, the Cardinals seem like a pretty good fit. Other known clubs in the running include the Giants, Phillies, Red Sox, and Dodgers.
Nov 15 - 3:25 PM

According to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times, there is "little momentum" toward a trade that would send Giancarlo Stanton to the Dodgers.

Los Angeles already has the highest payroll in the majors and is one of six clubs on the hook for the 2017 luxury tax, so acquiring somebody like Stanton -- who's owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons -- probably isn't in the cards. McCullough notes that the Dodgers "have a reputation for doing due diligence on basically every elite-level talent who comes onto the market." The frontrunners for Stanton still appear to be the Giants, Cardinals, Phillies, and Red Sox, though several other teams have apparently checked in on the ongoing negotiations.
Nov 15 - 11:23 AM

According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, a couple of teams have shown interest in free agent outfielder Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro became a free agent earlier this month after the Marlins declined his $2 million option for 2018. The 44-year-old has publicly stated that he hopes to play until he's 50, but he batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances this season. It's not about the money at this point, but perhaps someone will give him a chance as a fourth outfielder/pinch-hitter. Ichiro ranks 22nd on the all-time list with 3,080 hits. He's 30 hits away from Dave Winfield for 21st.
Nov 14 - 7:32 PM

Mark Feinsand of MLB.com reports that the Dodgers are "indeed in the mix" for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Meanwhile, beat writer Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times writes that the "general sense" is that the Dodgers aren't expected to be involved for Stanton because of his monster contract. We have some competing narratives at play here, but such as life in the Hot Stove. Ultimately, it wouldn't be a surprise to see the Dodgers get involved here, especially given the belief that Stanton would prefer to play on the West Coast.
Nov 14 - 5:50 PM

According to Evan Drellich of NBC Sports Boston, Giancarlo Stanton "is said to have a 'completely' open mind about teams interested to trade for him."

Drellich cites "a person with knowledge of Stanton’s thinking" as his source. Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald reported Tuesday morning that the 28-year-old slugger would not waive his full no-trade clause for a move to the Red Sox or Cardinals, restating a common theory that Stanton prefers to head to the West Coast. Now we have somewhat competing narratives. Stanton is also known to be drawing heavy interest from the Giants and Phillies.
Nov 14 - 3:37 PM

John Shea of the San Francisco Chronicle confirms that the Athletics are not interested in Ichiro Suzuki.

Ichiro's agent reached out to the A's, but that discussion was apparently brief. The 44-year-old outfielder batted just .255/.318/.332 over 215 plate appearances with the Marlins in 2017 and will probably struggle to find much in the way of guaranteed money on the free agent market this winter.
Nov 14 - 11:32 AM

ESPN's Buster Olney writes that "some rival execs view the Marlins' prospect asking price for Giancarlo Stanton as shockingly high."

The asking price is also being called "somewhat out of touch with reality" by those rival executives and "not discounted nearly enough" given that Stanton is owed $295 million on a mega-contract that can potentially run through 2028. Stanton holds an out clause for after the 2020 season, another factor that has interested teams balking at the idea of forking over multiple top prospects. It's very early in the offseason, so some of this could be posturing. The 28-year-old slugger seems likely to be traded somewhere this winter as the Marlins' new ownership group looks to cut payroll. The Cardinals, Giants, Red Sox, and Phillies have been linked to Stanton publicly but other clubs could certainly be involved.
Nov 14 - 10:17 AM

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Monday that the club has an idea of which destinations Giancarlo Stanton would be willing to accept in a trade.

"I do have a sense, and we’ll keep that internal, and at the appropriate time we’ll discuss whatever we need to discuss," said Hill. We still don't have any specifics, but this at least indicates that there has been a dialogue about where he'd be willing to waive his no-trade clause. MLB.com's Peter Gammons reported early Monday that the Cardinals and Giants are showing the most interest in Stanton, but teams like the Red Sox and Phillies have also been mentioned. The no-trade clause is one potential hurdle to a deal, but so is the $295 million remaining on Stanton's contract. Either way, we suspect something will get done as Marlins ownership attempts to cut payroll.
Source: Miami Herald
Nov 13 - 9:02 PM

MLB.com's Peter Gammons reports that the Giants and Cardinals are showing the "most intense" interest in Giancarlo Stanton, but whether or not the outfielder would accept a trade to either team is "TBD."

Both clubs have been heavily linked to Stanton and it's been questioned whether he'd accept a deal to either, so the report doesn't come as a surprise. Stanton, who has $295 million remaining on his contract, is looking like a great bet to be traded somewhere this offseason as the Marlins' new ownership looks to cut payroll. We could have more clarity on his situation this week during the General Manager Meetings.
Nov 13 - 9:53 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch writes that Brad Ziegler "interests" the Cardinals.

The Cardinals also, of course, have been heavily connected to Giancarlo Stanton, so perhaps Ziegler could be included in a potential trade involving the slugger. Ziegler held a 4.79 ERA in his first season in Miami, turned 38 a month ago and is owed $9 million in 2018, so he doesn't look like a very attractive commodity right now. However, most of his poor performance in 2017 was early on, as he posted a 3.20 ERA from June on, so perhaps he has something left in the tank.
Nov 12 - 10:41 AM

Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch was told by a source that the Cardinals are "determined" in their pursuit of Giancarlo Stanton.

The feeling seems to be that the Cardinals have the best combination of payroll flexibility, prospects and need to land Stanton. However, it could ultimately come down to whether Stanton is willing to accept a trade to St. Louis or any other Midwest team. The slugger hasn't officially indicated one way or the other whether he would, but his preference seems to be to play on one of the coasts, with his native West Coast likely being his top choice. Goold expects the Cardinals to gain clarity this week at the GM Meetings on their chances of landing Stanton.
Nov 12 - 9:15 AM

According to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Red Sox have growing interest in Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton.

Spencer reports that talks between the Red Sox and Marlins regarding Stanton "may be heating up". The Red Sox, of course, are just one of many teams interested in acquiring the reigning MLB home run king, with the Cardinals, Phillies and Giants already known to have had preliminary talks with the Marlins.
Source: Miami Herald
Nov 11 - 1:37 PM


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