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Huh? Where did all my teammates go?
It began last summer.
The Miami Marlins initiated their latest fire sale with the Anibal Sanchez/Omar Infante trade to Detroit in July. Two days later, Hanley Ramirez was traded to Los Angeles. Then they sent Edward Mujica to St. Louis and Gaby Hernandez to Pittsburgh on the same day.
Once the offseason began, the Marlins resumed their purge. Manager Ozzie Guillen was ousted. Heath Bell was dealt to the desert in Arizona.
Then came the whopper on November 19 when the Marlins sent Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, John Buck and Emilio Bonifacio to the Toronto Blue Jays for prospects, which drew the ire of Miami's best commodity, Giancarlo Stanton.
Are the Marlins done dealing, though?
Ricky Nolasco is drawing interest from other clubs.
But if Stanton were to hit the market, well...let the bidding begin. The Marlins are willing to listen. There is no telling what Stanton could bring back in return, but ESPN's David Schoenfield took a stab at guessing what it might take to reel in the biggest fish in Miami.
He is the only real draw on that team right now. He is also not even eligible for arbitration until 2014 and will not be a free agent until 2017. For a guy who hit 37 home runs in three-quarters of a season in 2012, Stanton is perhaps the best bargain in all of baseball.
The Marlins would be foolish to entertain trading scenarios at this point. It would be wise to hold onto him until at least the trade deadline this year, or even better, wait until next offseason.
But will some team pony up its top four-to-six prospects in order to acquire Stanton before the season starts?
That would be a sure-fire way for the Marlins to seriously speed up the rebuilding process, and it would be one of the more fascinating trades in recent memory.