MLB Trade Talk: What Yankees Should Offer Marlins to Land Giancarlo Stanton
Could the New York Yankees pull off a trade to land Stanton in the Bronx?
With both Nick Swisher and Ichiro Suzuki as free agents, the Yankees have a vacancy in right field for next season.
If you ask me, putting Stanton in right field for the Yankees makes a lot of sense, both financially and talent-wise.
Over the last six months, the Marlins have gotten rid of Hanley Ramirez, Anibal Sanchez, Omar Infante, Heath Bell, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes; plus they fired manager Ozzie Guillen after just one season.
It's safe to say the Marlins will not be competing anytime soon for the postseason.
If I am Yankees GM Brian Cashman, this is my trade proposal to offer to Marlins GM Michael Hill in hopes to land Stanton.
Miami Marlins Get: Mason Williams
Entering the 2013 season, Mason Williams is the Yankees' No. 2 prospect (all rankings via MLB Prospect Watch).
He's only 21 years old.
He's the prototypical leadoff hitter who can steal a ton of bases, hit for a high average and have a high on-base percentage.
He won't hit for power, but that's not what a leadoff hitter gets paid to do in the majors.
He's only 150 pounds, so he might need to bulk up just a bit, but not where it diminishes his speed.
Any trade with the Marlins would likely have to start with him, even if some see him as the Yankees' center fielder of the future.
Entering the 2013 season, Dellin Betances is the Yankees' No. 17 top prospect.
That is quite a drop considering just a year ago, Betances was the Yankees' No. 3 prospect.
The reason for the drop in ranking; Betances was flat out awful in 2012 pitching in Triple-A and in Double-A.
In Triple-A, he was 3-5 with a 6.39 ERA before getting sent back down to Double-A in Trenton, N.J. where he posted a 3-4 record with a 6.51 ERA.
He got a taste of big league experience at the end of the 2011 season when he started a game against the Tampa Bay Rays.
His problem is his control and harnessing his stuff; in Scranton he walked 69 batters in 74.2 innings.
He still had 71 strikeouts in those games, which means he still has some value left as a strikeout pitcher.
If in a new system, he could be a reclamation project for a team like the Marlins to get back on track.
Entering the 2013 season, Slade Heathcott is the Yankees' No. 5 top prospect.
Heathcott's stock has risen after his off-the-field-issues have hampered his progress towards the majors.
He admitted to having an alcohol problem after blacking out in an airport, plus he was arrested in high school for a DUI, which got him kicked off the team.
He also has dealt with his share of injuries; he had surgery on both of his shoulders, which delayed his start to the 2012 year.
Once he got on the field, he hit .307 with five home runs and 27 RBI and had an on-base percentage of .378.
At age 22, scouts have projected him to be about two years away from being major league ready, but Heathcott can be a major asset to the Marlins in the outfield.
Entering the 2013 season, Tyler Austin is the Yankees' No. 3 top prospect.
Of the top prospects in the Yankees system, Austin may have had the best season between two leagues.
In the South Atlantic League, Austin hit .320 with 14 home runs and 54 RBI in 70 games.
In the Florida State League, he hit .321 with two home runs and 23 RBI in just 36 games.
The Yankees used him as a first and third basemen in the first two years of his career with the team before being used primarily in right field.
One thing he really did well in both leagues was get on base, posting a .405 percentage in the SAL and .385 in the FSL.
Including Austin in a deal along with Williams and Heathcott should definitely intrigue the Marlins' interest, and they could build a starting outfield for the future out of those three.
Dante Bichette Jr.
Entering the 2013 season, Dante Bichette Jr. is the Yankees' No. 9 top prospect.
I really didn't want to put Bichette in this deal, but in a trade for a guy like Stanton, I know this would be the kind of prospect that it would take to get a deal done.
The son of former Colorado Rockies slugger Dante Bichette Sr. was the Yankees' No. 1 draft choice in 2011, but didn't have the best start to his Yankees career.
Bichette hit just .248 with three home runs and 46 RBI in 122 games in the South Atlantic League.
Despite the poor offensive numbers, scouts say Bichette was better than advertised in the field at third base.
With Hanley Ramirez now out of Miami, Bichette could be the potential heir to take over at that position if included in this trade.
Yankees Get: Giancarlo Stanton
What I've included in this deal for Giancarlo Stanton is a lot.
Included is four of the top 10 Yankee prospects in the current minor league system.
However, Stanton is worth this kind of return because he is on the rise and a legitimate superstar in the making.
He's hit at least 34 home runs in the past two seasons with the Marlins; he hit a career-high 37 in 2012.
He's also had at least 86 RBI in the two previous seasons as well, and I think that number would go up in the Yankee lineup.
Stanton is also very unhappy with the current situation in Miami and it's only a matter of time before he demands out.
That's why Brian Cashman needs to strike a deal this winter.
The Marlins are stocking up on prospects for their top talent, and while Stanton is the last of their star power, he would net a huge return in a deal with the Yankees.
Stanton would benefit from being on a contender who is always dedicated to winning; and not the Miami "falsifying of promises of winning," that lured Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle there last winter.
The Yankees are always contending and Stanton could shine in the Bronx as their next up-and-coming star.
The only thing that needs to happen is Cashman picking up the phone to get Miami interested and go from there.
In the end, I think the Marlins would be crazy not to make this kind of deal.
Stay tuned, Yankees Universe.