Should the San Diego Padres Trade for Giancarlo Stanton?

Gary Ousdahl@@GaryOusdahlCorrespondent IIJanuary 6, 2013

Should the Padres go after slugger Giancarlo Stanton?
Should the Padres go after slugger Giancarlo Stanton?Marc Serota/Getty Images

According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union-Tribune, the San Diego Padres are one of the teams that the Miami Marlins have talked to regarding right-handed power-hitter Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton, who tweeted about his displeasure of the deal that sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays, has been the center of speculation this offseason of whether the Marlins would also trade the slugger due to his criticism of the team.

Of course, the price for landing a player like Stanton would be steep.  

Supposedly, the Marlins have asked about the availability of infielder Jedd Gyorko—who according to is the second ranked prospect in the Padres system.  Gyorko, who is slated to make his major league debut with the Padres this season, would most likely be at the center of a package of prospects that it would take to convince the Marlins to trade the slugger. 

The 23-year-old, 6'5", 245-pound Stanton, hit .290 last year with 37 home runs, 86 RBI, 75 runs scored and a league leading .608 slugging percentage.  He was also voted to his first All-Star Game and received MVP votes for the second straight year.

The question is: What would it take for the Padres to land a player like Stanton and is it worth expending valuable prospects to acquire him?

My answer?  Absolutely, 100 percent, hands down, no questions asked.  

The Padres should go after him now while the Marlins are vulnerable and make a move that the city and fans of San Diego would be ecstatic about for many years to come.

I was actually shocked when I read that the Padres were one of the teams the Marlins were talking to when discussing a potential Stanton trade.  Sure, we have one of the deepest farm systems in all of baseball, but many of our prospects are in need of development and could potentially be a few years away from making it to the big club.

Stanton, who isn't arbitration eligible until after the 2014 season and can't be a free agent until after the 2016 season, is a proven offensive threat and would be a monster in the middle of the San Diego lineup. 

He's also a Southern California native and would probably enjoy coming back to the west coast where his friends and family are.

Would the Padres lose a few highly anticipated prospects in acquiring him?  Sure they would, but wouldn't it be worth it to roll the dice now and acquire a guy like Stanton at this point in his career?

Although we know that this is all speculation at this point, General Manager Josh Byrnes should really consider drafting a serious proposal that would not only be enticing, but hard to pass up for the Marlins.  

And if new ownership really wants to prove to fans that they are serious about putting a competitive team on the field, going after Giancarlo Stanton would be a definitive statement in that direction.