MLB Rumors: Giancarlo Stanton Staying Put

Steve Mitchell-US PRESSWIRE

The Miami Marlins have seen its fair share of craziness this offseason and the last thing the team and its fans need to see is another superstar player being  traded. Marlins president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest has reassured fans that the team will not be trading outfielder Giancarlo Stanton any time soon and that the team is actually looking for another power bat in the lineup.

“We want someone to hit behind him, someone to offer more power,” Beinfest told CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman. “Giancarlo represents the power on our team.”

The team’s top priority moving forward is power and they certainly cannot get enough of that. With the projected 2013 lineup, the current Marlins’ players hit a total of 78 home runs in the 2012 season. A huge power outage for the team heading into the 2013 season. A big bat would help, but at this point who would want to come to the Marlins?

There really is no one on the roster that could be considered a power bat that the Marlins can afford at this point. There is no way the team is going to get Josh Hamilton or B.J. Upton to come to Miami nor could the franchise try to lure the Arizona Diamonbacks to trade Justin Upton.

If anything right now, the Marlins should start trying to negotiate with Stanton about a contract extension. Stanton is the key piece to the ball club and he deserves all the money that is coming to him. He hit 37 home runs in 2012 with 86 RBI and a .969 OPS.

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