With the Miami Marlins going into fire-sale mode this offseason, superstar right fielder Giancarlo Stanton is going to be the talk of the town for a long, long time.
UPDATE: Sunday, Jan. 6 at 1:25 p.m. ET
Despite the fact that Stanton isn't happy with the Marlins, don't expect the team to get rid of its most valuable asset right now.
Simply put, the Marlins "are not moving him," according to a source I spoke with. They haven't even "discussed" it internally. The team's plans calling for Stanton to start the season with the club and occupy the clean-up spot have "not changed at all," according to another source with knowledge of the Marlins' intentions.
Stanton is just 23 years old and under team control through 2016. Any team that wants to trade for the young superstar can call the Marlins, but they are perfectly within their rights to basically ask for your entire system to make a deal happen.
That kind of control for such a young, proven star almost makes Stanton untradeable because the price tag is so high.
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According to Nick Cafardo of the Boston Globe, several teams have already contacted the Marlins about Stanton.
The Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Cubs, and many more are inquiring, according to a major league source.
Considering that Stanton is just 23 years old, under club control through the 2016 season and has hit 93 home runs in his first 373 games played, the Marlins could ask for a king's ransom in return for the slugger and be perfectly justified in doing so.
Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported that the Marlins are not looking to trade Stanton, despite getting rid of all their other valuable major league assets earlier this month in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays.
The Marlins have no intention to trade their All-Star right fielder. According to a source, the slugger pretty much remains untouchable, at least for 2013.
While the Marlins may not be shopping Stanton, 29 other teams have telephones and can make calls to Miami general manager Larry Beinfest to make an offer.
The price for a player like Stanton at this point in time has to be off the charts. We are talking a deal that would make the Mark Teixeira-to-Atlanta deal look like child's play.
In 2007, with Teixeira a season-and-a-half away from free agency, the Braves dealt Jarrod Saltalamacchia, Elvis Andrus, Neftali Feliz and Matt Harrison to Texas for the first baseman.
Andrus, Harrison and Feliz were key cogs in the Rangers' run to two straight World Series appearances in 2010 and 2011, while the Braves missed the playoffs in 2007 and traded Teixeira to the Angels midway through the 2008 season for Casey Kotchman.
Any team trying to trade for Stanton will need an incredibly deep farm system and will likely have to be willing to part with most, if not all, of its top prospects to make a deal happen. Fortunately for the Marlins, there appear to be no shortage of suitors, so if they decide to make a move, they will have an abundance of offers to choose from.
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