2013 first-half stats: .268/.353/.478, 7 HR, 21 RBI in 156 PA
ZiPS projection for rest of the season: .283/.365/.585, 18 HR, 44 RBI in 262 PA
Analysis: Despite a slow start and missing five weeks with a strained hamstring, the ZiPS projection on Giancarlo Stanton seems to be on point.
The more pressing question, as it's the case with many Marlins, is whether Stanton will smash the baseball with the Marlins or elsewhere.
For the last seven months, Stanton has been in every trade rumor possible. And if you have read this cyberspace at any point within the same timeframe, a certain writer has espoused why the Marlins should have traded Stanton yesterday here, here, here, here, and here. It also seems this writer is not alone.
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal recently reported it probably would be wise to maximize Stanton’s value, trade him for a massive haul before July 31 and add to their pool of high-end prospects, especially considering Stanton earns a measly $537,000 this season and won't become arbitration eligible until after the season.
But so far, owner Jeffrey Loria is hell-bent on winning in the near future and proving that he made the right baseball decisions when he tore apart his roster, according to Rosenthal's sources. Other execs are also convinced Loria won't trade Stanton until the offseason, at the earliest.
"I don't think they're going to trade him," an AL exec told ESPN.com's Jayson Stark. "I think Jeffrey is totally dug in on that. They control him for three years. They like the young players they've got coming. I don't think there's any chance they trade him. Not this summer. Not this winter. Maybe ever."
However, there are a few people in baseball who agrees with Rosenthal and this certain writer.
"I think high probability," one scouting director told Sports Illustrated's Ben Reiter of Stanton's chances of being moved. "He wants out and will not be there long-term, and they know it."
Reiter outlined why a Stanton deal should be made, citing Stanton's unlikeliness to sign a long-term deal, Stanton's drop in production thus far and his propensity for getting injured.
The signs are there, but once again, only Loria is blind enough to not see it.