The Miami Marlins front office came out Sunday and said that the team is not trading its most eligible bait Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton is staying put allegedly and the front office even came out to say that the Marlins are going to build around him. Those are strong words coming from the front office that almost had him dealt last offseason and in the middle of the year.
Miami has said it over and over again that they want to build a team around Stanton. Of course it is a no brainer to build your team around someone who has 117 home runs in his first four seasons of his career and it’s probably the only reason why any Marlins’ fans would ever step foot into Marlins Park. Stanton is a superstar the team has not seen since the likes of Miguel Cabrera, this time Miami needs to keep Stanton for the longevity of his career and build a lasting team around him so he stays happy.
Saying it is one thing, doing it is another. Miami did have Jose Reyes in 2012 before he was packaged in a big trade that sent a lot of key free agents to the Toronto Blue Jays. However, last year’s signings, like Placido Polanco and Juan Pierre, did nothing to offer any protection in the lineup for Stanton, which is why he had his worst offensive season of his career.
Bringing up Christian Yelich is a start and adding one or two free agents could add a better protection for Stanton. It is time for Miami to bring in help for a depleted offense. It has never been more important.