The July 31 trade deadline has come and gone, so for many teams, the hunt for October is on.
Except for the Miami Marlins.
Since the advent of the Wild Card in 1995, the Marlins have held a playoff spot or was within five games or less of a postseason berth/National League East Division lead on this date five times (2009, 2008, 2005, 2003, 1997). But like the other 13 times, the standings on this date in the 2013 season represents the Marlins are looking toward next year.
And let's face it, the Marlins are infamous for the players that have left the organization during the offseason.
There were the seven fire sale trades the Marlins completed after winning the 1997 World Series, the 2007 trade of the eventual first Triple Crown winner since 1967 and the 12-player fire sale trade last offseason that made owner Jeffrey Loria persona non grata in Miami as well as Major League Baseball.
So, who's leaving this year? Well, we are fairly certain it isn't 23-year-old slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
At the trade deadline, Rob Biertempfel of the Pittsburgh Tribune-Review reported the Pittsburgh Pirates made repeated attempts to work a deal for Stanton and, according to another source, made an offer that caught the attention of Miami's front office.
Another report, according to MLB.com's Joe Frisaro, claimed the Pirates offered Gerrit Cole, Starling Marte, Jameson Taillon and Stetson Allie for Stanton, Steve Cishek and Justin Ruggiano. However, such an offer was never made.
Frisaro added the Marlins are hoping to build around Stanton and plan on discussing a multi-year deal with him after the season. ESPN.com's Buster Olney said if Stanton doesn’t want to sign, then this winter will be the most logical time to deal the slugger.
There are two factors that make Stanton staying with the Marlins in 2014 a real possibility.
First, Rosenthal reports Loria is hell-bent on winning in the near future to prove he made the right baseball decisions when he tore the roster apart. When it comes to Loria and emotional decisions, this one seems to be on the money.
Secondly, there was this anonymous comment about Stanton's trade prospects relayed to Olney.
He is tough to trade, because they’ll want clean-up hitter return for a 5-6 hole hitter in a decent lineup. He has great power potential, but he lacks consistency.
With Stanton probably staying put, here are 12 Marlins on the team's 40-man roster, from order of least important to most important, who will have reasons to not be back next season.