The Pittsburgh Pirates are apparently interested in one of the most talented young players in MLB. According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Pirates and the Texas Rangers call the Miami Marlins regularly about the possibility of acquiring Giancarlo Stanton. Sherman says the Marlins have no interest in moving the slugging right fielder.
While it appears that Stanton going to the Pirates isn’t going to happen, it is very fun to think about. One thing comes to my mind when thinking about a potential Stanton deal is what would the Pirates have to give up?
It’s hard to say. Some of the prospects that I like may not be prospects that the Marlins like. Any deal for Stanton would almost certainly begin with either Jameson Taillon or Gregory Polanco; I wouldn’t give up both, but for Stanton, I would be willing to part with one of them. After that, it would likely take one or two more prospects that are very highly regarded. I’m thinking Tyler Glasnow and Alen Hanson. Finally, the Marlins would probably want a prospect that is MLB ready, so someone like Tony Sanchez or Vic Black.
While I’m not sure the Marlins would even do this deal because it really sounds like they plan on keeping him, it seems that it is probably the best the Pirates could offer. I don’t agree with the Marlins decision to not trade him; they aren’t one or two years from contending, and Stanton surely isn’t going to agree to an extension with them.