This fantasy baseball season there have been countless reports of Miami Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton being on the trading block. Miami is currently 26-50 and will once again be well out of playoff contention by the All-Star break, so naturally the trade rumors have begun.
The trade deadline is July 31st and the date will approach much quicker than people expect. There have been rumors linking Stanton to the Chicago Cubs, Boston Red Sox, and even the Pittsburgh Pirates. Despite all the offers, though, Marlins owner, Jeffrey Loria, has stated publicly over the last couple weeks that he has no intention of trading the outfielder.
Stanton is scheduled to be with the team for at least the next three years and I don’t expect them to be letting him go anytime soon. Stanton is a slugger that comes along just once every couple years, so there obviously aren’t many prospects that could entice Miami into letting him go.
Additionally, the team is currently heavily shopping their ace, Ricky Nolasco. Nolasco becomes a free agent at the end of the year and will obviously not be re-signing with the struggling south beach club. Miami is more likely to focus on getting rid of one of their stars, not both. Nolasco seems to be already out the door, which would most likely make the team more hesitant to offer a trade for their best offensive player as well.
Fantasy owners are just going to have to remain patient with Stanton calling Miami his home, because the slugger doesn’t appear to be going anywhere. He is still one of the most dangerous hitters in fantasy, the lack of lineup security will just remain this monster’s curse.