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3 Moves the Marlins Should Make Instead of Trading Away Giancarlo Stanton
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Giancarlo Stanton is all smiles possibly because for the first time this offseason, Stanton isn't a part of constant trade rumors.

For the past two months, the Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors have burned red hot on the Hot Stove even though Miami Marlins officials are adamant they are not trading the 23-year-old slugger.

Assuming the Marlins are true to their word—for now—their offseason doesn't begin nor end with Stanton. In fact, since Stanton is staying put, there are a few moves the Marlins could make to not only build around Stanton for the 2013 season, but improve the franchise's future, as well.

One move the Marlins should make might be born out of necessity; another deal could speed up the rebuilding process; and a third transaction might come out of nowhere, but it could help the Marlins build an effective yet unorthodox everyday lineup.

If these actions pan out, perhaps Stanton might consider re-signing with the Marlins when the team decides to offer the outfielder a contract extension. After all, Stanton is eligible for arbitration after the 2013 season, and the Marlins need to know which direction they are headed with him.

So, in order, here are three moves the Marlins should make instead of trading Stanton.

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