Giancarlo Stanton Clears Waivers While Hitting Home Runs at a Record Pace, Will He Be Moved Before the August 31st Deadline?Read Now
Boy oh boy, Giancarlo Stanton is on a mission to crush every pitch thrown his way this season. Stanton has been on an absolute tear since the all star break hitting 18 homerun in just a little bit over a month. Not only has he been hitting home runs at a jaw dropping clip, but he's also been able to raise his batting average and on base percentage in the process. Stanton is now putting up the numbers that he was expected to when he signed his 13 year $300+ million contract. .287 batting average, 44 home runs, and 94 RBI's would be a helluva season, and there's still 6 weeks left for him to approve upon those numbers. If the Marlins were actually in the playoff hunt and could sneak into a wildcard spot I'd say without a doubt he's the MVP in the NL. Unfortunately, Giancarlo is on a terrible Marlins team that has improved since Stanton took off on this tear, but buried themselves from contention with its awful start. If only Giancarlo Stanton was apart of a team in the playoff chase, then his unbelievable second half could have some meaning behind it. Well, there's actually a slim chance we are blessed with seeing this opportunity come to fruition.
The Marlins placed Giancarlo Stanton on the waiver wire, he cleared waivers without being picked up by another team, so now the Marlins are free to trade him to whoever they please. Another reason I think the trade deadline is stupid and should just be abolished, but that's a conversation for a different day. Now, the only teams that would even have a chance of getting Stanton are teams with big payrolls and good farm systems. Whatever teams are in the hunt for him will need the big payroll because Giancarlo Stanton is due $295 million over the next 10 years and they'll need good farm systems in order to lure him away from the Marlins. Obviously the Marlins, a small budget team that typically doesn't shell out big money wants to get Stanton off their books, and fortunately for them his trade value has never been higher. With that being said it's still going to be next to impossible to find a suitor that's willing to take on his contract and give the Marlins whatever value they'd want in return, which I'd assume would be a lot of top notch prospects .
Rationally thinking, the only teams I could see making this move are the LA Dodgers, the Boston Red Sox, the Yankees, and maybe the Cubs. Teams like the Angels and Cardinals I'd like to see make a push for Stanton since I believe he'd be a great fit and help them in the push for October, although I just don't think they'd be willing to deal with the financial headache he brings along. The Yankees weren't willing to dish out $4 million to bring in Jay Bruce from the Mets, so I highly doubt they'd be willing to bring in Giancarlo Stanton's big money deal. If only George Steinbrenner was still with us calling the shots for the Yankees, then I'd say with certainty the Yankees would be adding the leagues most dominant power hitter to their lineup. The Red Sox are a team that could really use Stanton's power bat in the heart of their order. He's exactly what that lineup is missing and if they were to land him I'd declare them favorites to win the whole thing, especially with the way they've been playing lately. The Dodgers certainly have the funds to acquire Stanton, I just don't see the need for him. They've done so well without him, why even bother. They have plenty of depth and plenty of greats bats, Stanton would only help them, I just think it'd be overkill. Who knows, I also didn't think the Warriors were going to sign KD last summer, so maybe the Dodgers are eyeing a super team of their own. The struggling defending World Champion Cubs could definitely use Stanton, however they should try to avoid big long term contracts with all the youth on their roster. Last thing they'd want is to not be able to sign their guys because they brought in Stanton's huge contract.
Therefore, I doubt Stanton will be moved before the August 31st deadline. Honestly, for the Marlins, I truly believe that's the best thing. Stanton is just about the only attraction this franchise has to offer right about now. The new stdium is awful, ugly, and probably not necessarily what fans anticipated when the Florida Marlins became the Miami Marlins. The team is also in a state of limbo right now with Jeffrey Loria selling the team to Derek Jeter and his group of investors. Giancarlo Stanton is the one constant that fans can look forward when rooting for the Marlins. Once Jeter comes into power, maybe he'll want to wipe the slate clean, and start from scratch, but until then the Marlins need Stanton if they want to generate any sort of income. Especially since Stanton is eyeing home run records like Roger Maris 61 home runs, the most by any on steroid user. Marlins could easily sell that chase and make a shit ton of money off it.
As a fan of baseball I'd love to see Stanton anywhere besides Miami. As a believer in rational thinking and reason prevailing, I doubt he gets moved unless someone offers up the Marlins a blockbuster deal. Crazier things have happened, so I won't totally rule it out. This is something to keep an eye on in the next couple of weeks as I'm sure they'll be a shit ton of rumors and not a whole lot of actual action.