The Miami Marlins are once again struggling through another season, and unfortunately for Marlins fans they may soon be seeing some of their best players wearing a new uniform before the 2017 season ends.
According to MLB Daily Dish via FOX Sports’ Ken Rosenthal, the Miami Marlins will be “wide open” to trade ideas in advance of the July 31 non-waiver deadline, especially if they are nowhere in the running for a possible postseason bid. The Marlins are willing to listen to offers for any player on their active roster, including young stars Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and J.T. Realmuto.
The Marlins, who are in the midst of an ownership change that may be completed around the trade deadline, have a lot of talent on their current roster – which makes this announcement all that more puzzling. With names like Dee Gordon, Edinson Volquez, Dan Straily, A.J. Ramos, David Phelps, and Kyle Barraclough, it is hard to figure out why the team continues to struggle as much as they do.
Yelich and Ozuna have established themselves as two of the top young outfielders in the game, however, one player that hasn’t been mentioned by name that many teams would love to add to their squad is Giancarlo Stanton.
Just like the great Miguel Cabrera before him, Stanton has put up monster numbers for the Miami Marlins in his seven-plus full seasons for the Marlins. Stanton is already closing in on the 250 career home run mark (223) and he has already driven in 579 RBI. The only problem with Miami getting any offers for Stanton is his huge contract.
With 10 years and $295 million remaining on his 13-year, $325 million contract, right now Stanton’s salary isn’t the problem, but it will be after the 2018 season.
Stanton’s contract is heavily back-ended, meaning as it moves along it gets to be a bigger problem for ownership. Stanton currently makes $14.5 million in 2017, far less than he could have possibly earned through arbitration back in 2015 and 2016. However, between 2018 and 2020 Stanton would earn $77 million over that three-year period.
Another deterrent from possibly trading for the slugging right-hander is that Stanton has an opt-out option from his current contract after the 2020 season. Unless you are a serious contender who is ready to make a run at the World Series now, it may not be wise to deal for an all-star that may or may not be around in a season or two. Especially considering the asking price for Stanton will surely be high, as in good everyday player and two or three of your best upcoming prospects.
The asking price for someone like Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna would most likely be high as well, but nowhere near what Stanton could fetch. Nevertheless, teams in need of a solid outfielder will certainly be looking at these two rising stars. They are both young, Yelich is 25 while Ozuna is 26, both have plenty of pop in their bat, and they both know how to play the game well and at a high level. Oh, and most importantly, they both most likely have seven to 10 good years left in them.
With all the upside to these young Miami Marlin players, could the current MLB rumor be just that, a rumor?
Probably not when it comes to the Marlins. Like mentioned above, they dealt away one of the best hitters in baseball in Miguel Cabrera and several other big names along the way as well. How about Ivan Rodriguez, Jose Reyes, starting pitchers Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle, oh, and let’s not forget some catcher named Mike Piazza. And that is just a few of the big names the Fish let get away. So yes, it is entirely possible for the Marlins to deal away Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Giancarlo Stanton.
It sure is tough being a Miami Marlins fan.
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