A Fishy Problem In Miami: What Do The Marlins Do With Giancarlo Stanton?

Thursday November 22nd, 2012

Jake Dal Porto: Giancarlo Stanton isn’t the only human being that’s furious over the Marlins recent transactions which most notably saw them deal Josh Johnson, Jose Reyes, and Mark Buehrle to the Blue Jays. Or in English, Miami just betrayed their fans and players. While the fans do matter, you would have to think that Stanton’s words have a bit more meaning than any other figure or figures.

And Stanton is not pleased. He sounded off on his twitter account a little over a week ago, saying that “he’s pissed off”. The slugger doesn’t have to say much more. Perhaps the next words out of his mouth could be a trade request. That isn’t too far-fetched at this point either, and the idea is something that Miami’s management should highly consider in coming weeks.

At the moment, there’s no wrong choice in terms of trading Stanton or retaining him. The fans are already peeved off, and trading their cornerstone piece probably wouldn’t change he fans’ state of mind.

However, Miami would be wise to deal him now because his value is inordinately high. Not only is he under team control until 2017, but he is also just 23-years-old, making him one of the youngest position players in baseball. Those two things, plus his off-charts power, automatically draws interest from practically 70 percent of the 30 teams in the majors. Plus, the Marlins would presumably receive a surplus of elite prospects for Stanton. So, it’s a win-win situation.

Well, losing some of the likes of Stanton isn’t exactly a “win”, per se. However, with their recent trades, there isn’t a vivid time-table as to when they will be contenders. The only thing that’s vivid is the fact that it won’t be in the near future, barring any big additions, of course. A competitive Marlins team might not be formed until 2017 which would be Stanton’s final year in Miami assuming that they don’t trade him or he doesn’t sign an extension, which also isn’t likely according to multiple reports.

So, why not trade him now and begin more dreadful years instead of retaining him but continue to lose? Basically, keeping the powerful Stanton around would be a waste. Sure, he would put the remaining fans in seats, but that’s about it. And from his perspective, why would he want to play in Miami? He would have minimal lineup protection, and even if he does compile some great seasons in the future, he won’t get recognized on a losing team, nor will he have a chance to taste the playoffs.

Over the past two years, Stanton has been the Marlins most productive player. This season, he led the National League in at-bats per home run with 12.1 at-bats, and slugging percentage (.608). Naturally, he finished second in the N.L with 37 home runs despite suffering many minor injuries that caused him to miss games on occasion. On that note, the fact that he’s injury prone might be the only blemish on his report card.

Those numbers are great and all, but whose to say that he will continue to put those types of numbers up if he is unhappy? At the moment he is already angry, but if a request to be traded comes along, Miami would be silly not to fulfill his request. Simply put, a player who is unhappy creates clubhouse drama, and with a new manager taking the hot seat this upcoming season, it would be Ozzie Guillen part two. Except, Guillen is elsewhere.

However, trading Stanton would surely be a hard task to accomplish mentally. Remember, we’re talking about the future face of the MLB, potentially. Letting someone go with that tab is just hard. But it needs to be done.

Stanton is ready to move on, and the Marlins should follow his suit.

(*The views and opinions expressed in this report are those of the author and do not necessarily reflect the views of mlbreports.com*)

Jake Dal Porto is a Baseball Writer with MLB reports and a student from the Bay Area. Jake’s favorite sports moment was when the Giants won the World Series back in 2010. He loves to use sabermetrics in his work. He thinks they are the best way to show a player’s real success compared to the basic stats such as ERA, RBIs, and Wins. Jake also enjoys interacting and debating with his readers. Follow him on Twitter: 

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Posted on November 22, 2012, in MLB Teams: Articles and Analysis and tagged , , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 1 Comment.

  1. Remember that Marlins Park is a cow pasture that meets prison walls. The dimensions of the field are as psychotic as the owner, 418 ft with a 30 foot wall in center, 12 foot fences, the longest gaps in the majors, is this sane?

    Loria likes a pitchers park, he’s a fool. What he has is a field that beats down his own players down and instead has the joy of watching harmless fly balls drop in front of and to the sides of the outfielders. This is not a dynamic park, it’s neurotic.

    Stanton hits the ball harder than anyone, juiced or not that has ever played the game. There should be an air horn sounded before his at bats, I have seen his foul balls give fans concussions and break bones. The sound of the ball of of his bat is louder than a rifle shot.

    Any team that ends up with this man child will be witnessing one of the greatest sluggers; as Ali would say “Of All Time….”

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