The Marlins have discussed sending OF Giancarlo Stanton and 2B Dee Gordon to the Giants for 2B Joe Panik and prospects, according to SiriusXM host and San Francisco reporter Craig Mish.
The Cardinals are the only other team to make a formal offer to acquire Stanton from the Marlins, per MLB.com's Jon Morosi.
However, if the Marlins plan to complete a deal, talent evaluators recently told ESPN.com's Buster Olney that Miami will need to lower its asking price.
Aug 8, 2017; Stanton (27) hits a three run homer at Nationals Park. Credit: Brad Mills-USA TODAY Sports
"They're not going to find teams willing to give up both the money and the prospects, and that's why [they'll] probably have to choose," Olney's source told him. "They can either take the talent and eat some of the money, or they'll have to prioritize the [money] savings."
Stanton, who is under contract and earning $295 million through the next 10 seasons, has a full no-trade clause and can opt out of his contract in three years.
He recently told FanRag.com's Jon Heyman that he would rather be traded to another organization than be part of another rebuilding process in Miami.
I wish Stanton could end up on the Mets. But, everyone in baseball is saying he will only accept a deal to the Giants or Dodgers, and maybe the Cardinals. In addition to being owed $295 million with an opt out in three years, he also has a full no-trade clause, meaning he's essentially calling the shots here, not the Marlins or teams that want to acquire him.
Stanton is from Los Angeles, and I've been hearing for months that he wants to end up with an organization committed to winning, that plays the majority of their games out west, and holds their spring training in Arizona.
This is why the Mets, Blue Jays, Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox are assumed to have zero chance at getting him even if they are willing to give up the necessary prospects and take on every dime of his remaining deal.
That said, while I'd love to have Stanton on the Mets, I'd gladly settle for him leaving the NL East.
In 108 games during his career against the Mets, Stanton has hit 35 home runs with 81 RBI and a .356 OBP. He also has 21 home runs in 52 games at Citi Field.
In regards to Gordon, it makes sense that Miami is going to try and tie him to Stanton in an effort to get the acquiring team to pick up more money and still give quality prospects.
The Marlins may be under new ownership, but this is a classic rebuild move for South Beach...just as the Mets, Red Sox, Blue Jays, Yankees, Dodgers and others, all of whom benefited from these sort of player/salary dumps in the last 20 years.
By the way, I still think Sandy Alderson's best shot at acquiring a new second baseman will be trading for Indians 2B-OF Jason Kipnis or signing free-agent infielder Eduardo Nunez, which you can read more about here. Although, I wonder if the Marlins would consider flipping Panik to the Mets, given that he's first-time arbitration eligible this winter, a 1.5-2.0 WAR player and likely to earn $3-4 million.