Just like most of the last year there are rumor swirling about the Miami Marlins looking to trade their star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. There are also whispers about their successful closer Steve Cishek being on the trade market. Neither one of those players should go anywhere right now for the Marlins because they don’t have to trade them. Therefore, they should not trade them. Ricky Nolasco was sent to the Los Angeles Dodgers but not only does that not mean they will trade Stanton; it actually helps them not have to.
According to official site writer Joe Frisaro, the Marlins cleared enough funds with the trade of Nolasco to be in good standing for a Stanton offer this off-season. Even if he doesn’t accept the offer they should be sitting pretty for his arbitration hearing as well. In other words, they don’t have to trade their star player so why in the world would they? No one is going to offer a package that includes someone with the up-side that Stanton, 23, still has. They should keep him right where he is until next year or the year after when they might not think they can afford him.
Closer Cishek is a keeper as well. He is a couple of years away from free agency and so he still is going to be pretty cheap for a good relief pitcher. That is a reason to get a good package in return for him but it also is a reason to keep him where he is. This team is trying to build for the future, or at least they claim to be. If that is true at all they need to keep these two players on their roster for the rest of this and probably even next season. Who knows where they could be by that time.