With new plans to reduce their payroll, the Miami Marlins are reportedly in talks with teams to move superstar Giancarlo Stanton. The outfielder is currently signed to the largest contract of any athlete in North American sports, as he’s heading into the fourth season of his 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins.
New ownership plans aim to reduce the team’s payroll to $90 million in 2018, and even though Stanton is currently under a no-trade clause, he’s expressed interest in leaving if the Marlins plan to rebuild yet again.
“I don’t want to rebuild. … I’ve lost for seven years,” Stanton said in a recent interview back in September.
Stanton has lived up to his contract, as the 28-year-old posted huge numbers last season. He batted a .281 average, with an on-base percentage of .376 and a slugging percentage of .631. His MLB-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBIs just add onto the impressive stat line, making him arguably one of the most dangerous players available if Miami decides to deal him.
Reporter Jon Heyman has deemed the St. Louis Cardinals the “prime player” in the race for Stanton, with the Philadelphia Phillies and San Francisco Giants as other front-runners for the time being.
However, experts project the Cardinals to be more appealing for Miami to work with on account of their pitching staff. St. Louis has a number of promising pitchers who are coming up through their system, with Alex Reyes and Jack Flaherty being just two of the names.
In return, the Cardinals would be adding a lot more power to their lineup, which is much needed considering the team finished 18th overall in home runs hit during the 2017 season. St. Louis also has an opening in their outfield, making Stanton the ideal candidate to fulfill all of their needs.
But since it will be up to Stanton to decide if he wants to opt out, he will be able to have the final say on where he ends up. According to Heyman, he “would prefer to go to one of the coasts,” but there has been no official word on what Stanton’s actual terms are in the case of a potential move.