With Upton Traded, Will the Marlins Get a Godfather Offer for Giancarlo Stanton?

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With Upton Traded, Will the Marlins Get a Godfather Offer for Giancarlo Stanton?
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Either Giancarlo Stanton is angry or he has that Don Corleone look because he's waiting for a team to make the Marlins a trade offer they can't refuse.

Now that Justin Upton has been traded to Atlanta, there's only one place left to shop for a big bat.

The location: Marlins Park, home of the Miami Marlins.

The slugger: 23-year-old right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, who won't be eligible for arbitration until after the 2013 season.

The price: At least three top prospects, according to ESPNBoston.com's Gordon Edes, to as many as five, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro. Basically, the Godfather offer.

When supply is low and demand is high, simple economics dictate it would cost a tidy sum to obtain Stanton's services from the Marlins—even if the Marlins deny Stanton is on the market.

"Oh, I think that's been our [modus operandi]. I know in the 10 years I've been here, that's our M.O.," Marlins assistant general manger Dan Jennings said last month on the Front Office show with hosts Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette (via Joe Frisaro):

We've never not listened to a deal on any player. Sometimes I chuckle when I hear people say, "This guy's untouchable," and "That guy's untouchable." You know what? They may be untouchable, until someone either overwhelms you or you get a package back that makes such a significant improvement on your club going forward. So we've always been willing to listen.

Based on what happened during the Upton trade talks, it appears there are teams who not only need Stanton, but who would also benefit having him on their side as well. 

But, to pry Stanton away from the Marlins, someone will have to do his best Don Corleone impersonation and say, "I'm gonna make (Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest) an offer he can't refuse."

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