Last week, the Miami Marlins held a fire sale which surprised many, as they traded several established stars to the Toronto Blue Jays, sending pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, along with Jose Reyes, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck for Yunel Escobar, Adeny Hechavarria, Henderson Alvarez, Justin Nicolino, Jake Marisnick, Jeff Mathis and Anthony DeSclafani. They dealt Reyes and Buerhle a year after signing them to heavy back-loaded deals, and after giving them verbal no-trade clauses. President David Samson told both of them that the team was committed to winning and would not deal them. That's before owner Jeffrey Loria saw how much revenues he would earn with the new television contracts and got greedy, deciding to decimate the Marlins a year after moving into a taxpayer supported new stadium.
This all leads to the question that many on the internet want answers to: will the Marlins deal star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton next? Stanton did not hold back his displeasure when the deal was announced, saying so on Twitter.
Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012
He reiterated his displeasure yesterday to Peter Gammons from MLB.com, saying how upset he was with the deal:
Jose, Bonifacio, Hanley … all three are gone now. I had people warn me that something like this could happen, but it runs against the competitive nature every athlete has, that nature that everything is about winning. This kind of thing is what gets talked about all the time around this team. Former Marlins come back and they warn us. It gets talked about during the stretch, in the clubhouse, after games, on the road. Again, I do not like this at all."
I would be shocked if the Marlins did not trade Stanton within the next year or two. There is no way Stanton signs a long term deal, or even considers one, unless it is an extreme overpay.
Who might have interest in trading for Stanton? Almost every team, but the team would have to give up a boat load of prospects or close to big league ready prospects in return. I was trading emails with another owner a few days ago, and I suggested the Texas Rangers offer Jurickson Profar straight up for Stanton. He responded that there is no way the Rangers deal Profar, which I could see, but the Rangers would have a hard time passing up Stanton's power to replace Josh Hamilton in their lineup.
The St. Louis Cardinals could have interest as they have one of the best hitting prospects in the game in Oscar Taveras, and have a few arms that they could include as well. Could a Taveras-Trevor Rosenthal package get a deal done for Stanton? Or replace Carlos Martinez for Rosenthal?
Lastly, the Arizona Diamondbacks have plenty of pitching prospects that they could offer in any deal for Stanton. The team apparently has some issues with top pitching prospect Trevor Bauer, and have been rumored to be willing to deal him this offseason. Could a package headlined by Bauer and Archie Bradley get a deal done for Stanton?