Could the Miami Marlins really be interested in dealing young slugger Giancario Stanton?
Management made it clear that they would not trade their promising prospect in the wake of the team’s blockbuster deal with the Blue Jays back in November.
However, according to Jim Bowden of SiriusXM, the Marlins have been taking phone calls from teams inquiring on Stanton ever since the shipped Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Josh Johnson to Toronto.
The Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles and Cubs were all known to have interest at one point in Stanton, who was vocal about his discontent with the Marlins’ front office after the huge trade, and was rumored to have approached his agent Joel Wolfe asking to be moved.
But is the club shopping the right fielder?
The 23-year-old Stanton batted .290/.361/.608 with 37 home runs and 86 RBI in 123 games this past season for the Fish and is under club control through 2016. With those numbers and being arbitration ineligible, why would they?
Still, the Marlins have only signed two free agents so far this winter, and using a disgruntled Stanton to acquire an additional seasoned slugger doesn’t seem to far from reality.