Fans of the Miami Marlins can breathe a collective sigh of relief. Tuesday, Marlins GM Dan Jennings told reporters he is not shopping franchise outfielder Giancarlo Stanton or hitting machine Casey McGehee this summer. Jennings reiterated the team’s stance on Stanton, which has come into a bit of question with the recent Houston Astros‘ data leak.
The recent McGehee claim is something new. McGehee was signed by the Marlins in the offseason after a season in Japan. For anyone to mention his name in trade rumors is something very new. Miami does have a history of turning its back on players and fans after employing new pieces to a complicated puzzle. Miami signed the third baseman for one-year, $1.2 million in the offseason. McGehee had to fight against Ed Lucas for the third baseman job and won. Since April, he has become a machine.
Stanton has also been back to his true form leading the National League with 21 home runs and 62 RBI, already on pace toward breaking last year’s marks. McGehee is leading the National League in hits with 110 as he fights four other National League hitters for an All-Star Game bid.
It is going to be tough for the front office to keep shooting down Stanton offers as the trade deadline nears. Teams like the New York Mets, Boston Red Sox or potentially even the New York Yankees could all get into discussions with the Marlins as the month winds down. It will be very cavalier of Jennings to keep Stanton on this team for the rest of the season.