2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Miami Marlins’ Giancarlo Stanton
2013 MLB Winter Meetings: 5 Potential Landing Spots for Giancarlo Stanton
Giancarlo Stanton is one of the top young sluggers in the game right now and is on the top of many teams' wishlists heading into the Winter Meetings. He is arbitration eligible for the first time, which means he will be under club control for three more seasons. The penny-pinching Miami Marlins may not want to pay him the $7 million he could fetch in arbitration and may look to move him.
The Marlins had three of their top prospects come up last season in Christian Yelich, Jake Marisnick and Marcell Ozuna. Both Yelich and Ozuna proved they are ready to play everyday and if the Marlins feel Marisnick is ready to take over, they will have to make room for him by dealing Stanton.
The pros for Stanton is his raw power. He has hit some of the longest home runs in baseball since he came up in 2010. He has hit 117 home runs in his three-and-half big league seasons, and has one of the strongest arms in right field. He is only 24-years old and will be under club control for three more seasons. Even though he will come up at a hefty price tag in arbitration, he won't be a free agent until after the 2016 season.
The cons for Stanton are that he has yet to put together a full season. He played his most games in 2011 at 150, but was often banged up and hampered by hamstring issues. In 2012, he played in only 123 games but clubbed a career-high 37 HRs. Last season, he missed 46 games with another hamstring/quad injury. He strikes out a lot and doesn't hit well with runners in scoring position. When he hit 37 HRs, he only drove in 86 runs which shows most of his long balls were solo.
Even with all the negatives, if the Marlins were to put Stanton on the block, 29 teams would come calling. They would likely be looking for two or three can't-miss prospects that are ready to contribute right now, especially a top pitching prospect. With the Marlins in rebuilding mode, they are in a position to be able to give young prospects playing time and move Stanton to one of these five teams.
5. Boston Red Sox
After losing Jacoby Ellsbury, the Boston Red Sox could make a run at Stanton. They could shift Shane Victorino over to center field and put Stanton in right. A package around Jackie Bradley Jr., Henry Owens and Blake Swihart would be enough to pry him away from Miami.
4. Detroit Tigers
The Detroit Tigers have lost Prince Fielder, Johnny Peralta and Omar Infante and have only replaced them with Ian Kinsler. With Austin Jackson in center, they could move Torii Hunter to left and slide Stanton into right. They would have to offer Nick Castellanos, Robbie Ray and perhaps James McCann to get Stanton. The last time the Marlins traded a young superstar to Detroit, it was Miguel Cabrera and all they got in return was Andrew Miller, Cameron Maybin and Burke Badenhop.
3. Texas Rangers
After acquiring Prince Fielder for Ian Kinsler, the Rangers will probably not trade Jurickson Profar anymore. They could use an Outfield bat to replace Nelson Cruz and David Murphy from last season. A 3-4-5 of Adrian Beltre, Fielder and Stanton would be the most potent power trio in baseball. The Marlins would require Martin Perez, Rougned Odor and possibly a proven big-league bat like Mitch Moreland in return.
2. Pittsburgh Pirates
Imagine an outfield of Starling Marte, Andrew McCutcheon and Giancarlo Stanton? This would give Pittsburgh a possible home run champ, stolen base champ and the defending MVP all in the same outfield. Pittsburgh has the young pitching with Jameson Taillon and Gerrit Cole to be able to get Stanton. The question is do they think he is the missing piece to get them over the hump, and if it is worth giving up a future ace.
1. Seattle Mariners
The Mariners and Marlins would combine to make the best young team in baseball history. Seattle has a ton of young pitchers and infielders, while the Marlins are stocked in the outfield and have their own young rotation. If Seattle offered either Brad Miller or Nick Franklin along with either Danny Hultzen or Taijuan Walker, the Marlins would listen. If they also threw in Justin Smoak, it would be a done deal because Miami could trade away Logan Morrison as well.