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In a post to his blog for the Daily News, Andy Martino writes, "The Mets really want Giancarlo Stanton on their team, and understand that it would take a huge haul of top prospects to get him."

Martino notes nothing is imminent, as the Marlins are not trading Stanton right now.

Last week, Martino said the Mets were monitoring the situations surrounding both Stanton and Carlos Gonzalez, and while Martino says the Mets and Marlins might have had preliminary discussions about Stanton, Sandy Alderson told Matt Balasis of MetsMerized Online this weekend he has not had any discussions with the Marlins since Spring Training.

In addition, Peter Gammons of MLB Network said this weekend the Marlins have told interested teams -- including the Mets -- they are not trading Stanton right now.

The Mets, and the 28 other teams would love to have Stanton on their team as well, I'm sure...

The takeaway from all of this chatter is that the Mets are getting closer to augmenting their big league roster with top-tiered talent from the outside. In addition, it's clear that with the excess in their minor league pitching depth, they have the means to make such trades. Whether they're able to acquire Stanton or Gonzalez or anyone else at some point in the future remains to be seen.

That the Mets are approaching the next phase in this rebuilding effort is pretty exciting, so long as the decisions to trade some of their prospects to acquire established veterans don’t negate each other in the process. I think the organization is well aware of that possibility, and won’t make any hasty moves just because they now have such an ability.

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