You may not know from looking at this team, but the Miami Marlins are putting together a successful season. The offense has been there and the team is only eight games out of first place in the National League East. Losing Jose Fernandez for the entire season could have put the Marlins into the cellar and kept it there, but the resiliency of the team has been remarkable.
Part of the reason why the Marlins have 48 wins and not 28 wins is because Giancarlo Stanton has been in MVP form. He has 23 home runs this season and an NL-leading 66 RBI. His slash line is back on point, as he is hitting .294/.394/.542 and already surpassed his hit total from last season (106) with 111 hits this year.
There may still be some rumblings that Stanton is going to get traded and with the way the organization has acted in the last three years, it would not really surprise anyone if Stanton is traded either before the July 31 trade deadline or some time during the offseason. Any move the Marlins could potentially make for a deal involving Stanton would be a complete mistake and an oversight by Miami.
Although his value is only increasing because of how the Marlins have him locked up for a few more years, there aren’t any prospects Miami could get who could replace Stanton in the lineup. Stanton is the biggest draw the Marlins have on a day-to-day basis; no one is putting people in the seats, at this time, more than Stanton. Miami needs him and the fans need him.
With that being said, the organization has to offer Stanton a deal, which will be close to what he could get on the free agent market. Miami is not going to offer him $300 million, nor should they. But somewhere around $200 million for seven or eight years is not out of the realm of possibility.
Miami has started to show Stanton that they are committed to winning, and they are proving so with the way the team has played this season.