Wouldn't expect him to be on the block this offseason, perhaps closer to 2017 when he is a FA, but if he is, a king's ransom is to be expected in trade.The Miami Marlins have a track record of trading their top players away from the organization. Outfielder Giancarlo Stanton might be the next on the list to depart South Beach for greener pastures. Miami did not trade Stanton before the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and has been adamant about keeping the All-Star outfielder.
Stanton will not become a free agent until after the 2016 season, but the team said it wants to sign him to a long-term deal. Some within the Marlins organization, though, are not optimistic about signing Stanton to an extension, sources told Jon Heyman of CBSSports.com. Friends close to Stanton say he is looking to play for a team that consistently wins, something the Marlins have not done in recent years. The last time the Marlins posted a winning record (2009), Stanton was playing in the minor leagues. The news could potentially be good for the Boston Red Sox.
Heyman said earlier this week that Boston could make an aggressive push for Stanton. Coupled with newly acquired left fielder Yoenis Cespedes, the Red Sox could have quite the powerful outfield if Stanton were traded to Boston. If Stanton does hit the trade market in the offseason, expect teams in need of an outfielder to make a huge push. Itís not a every day a player of Stantonís caliber hits the market. Thus far in 2014, Stanton has a league-leading 27 home runs and a lofty .935 OPS.