The Rumor: According to Jim Salisbury, it is "likely" that the Phillies have at least inquired about what it might take to acquire Giancarlo Stanton in a trade from the Marlins.
Of all the rumors, this one probably has the least amount of substance, but hey, one can dream right? Stanton, who is one of the few remaining stars left on the Marlins, is exactly what the Phillies are looking for and more. To go through the checklist: Stanton is young (check), right-handed (check), hits for power (check) and average (check), gets on base (check) and drives in runs (check). Stanton is just 23, but he is already making a name for himself as one of the best right-handed hitters in the game. He mashed a career high 37 home runs last year and likely would have had more had he not missed 39 games. He has a great swing and can play pretty solid defense. With the state of the Marlins, the Phillies would be dumb not to at least see what the Marlins want in return for their All-Star.
Stanton, like a typical power hitter, does have some high strikeout numbers. His walks were down last year, and he has yet to score more than 80 runs or bat in 90 RBI. His stroke is still developing, and he doesn't always make contact. Also, he is within the division and it would likely cost the Phils and arm and a leg just to get the conversation started.
The Outlook: I would be all too happy if the Phillies somehow, someway, managed to trade for Stanton. I don't agree in mortgaging the future for the present, but Stanton is the future. He is 23, yet is already proven and further along then so many of the Phils prospects. He brings back a right-handed power bat to the lineup. I can't stress enough that he is still developing, meaning his best years are still in front of him. Stanton is a gem, and if he hits the free-agent market, he will be able to demand a serious contract if he keeps improving upon his already stellar body of work. He is worth whatever the Phillies would need to give up to get him.