The Miami Marlins went for it all in 2012. They spent big money on Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell, among others. They had a miserable year and decided it would be best to shed payroll and start over. All three of those guys are gone, as is Josh Johnson and Hanley Ramirez.
Ricky Nolasco was just traded to the Los Angeles Dodgers, and now all that remains of the 2012 Marlins core is slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is just 23-years old and he has already hit 101 home runs and made the 2012 All-Star team. The truth of the matter is that even if Stanton hits 60 home runs a year, this Marlins team is a few years away from contending.
Stanton won’t be able to do it by himself and because of that, they should trade him now and get even more prospects.
Stanton is a top-level talent and the Marlins could get at least two high-level prospects in a trade for him. Since he is only in his third full season, he will still be under club control for a few more years and his salary will remain reasonable while he is arbitration eligible. Teams like the Boston Red Sox, Texas Rangers and Pittsburgh Pirates would give up plenty to add Stanton to their team for a World Series run.
The young slugger was devastated when everyone got shipped out of Miami except for him, as he should have been. The organization has no interest in winning and the best thing they could do for Stanton is to send him to a club that is looking for a power bat to help them win a ring.