December 15, 2012 in Offseason
Yesterday, Joe Frisaro suggested that the Marlins may possibly open the flood gates to hear offers for Giancarlo Stanton. This is pure speculation, but one of the scenarios that arose was a possible deal with the Rangers for Jurickson Profar and Mike Olt.
At the beginning of December, there were reports that the Mets turned down an offer from the Rangers of Olt for R.A. Dickey. Which leads one to think that if the Rangers were going to deal for Stanton, they would have to start with both Profar AND Olt to even get anywhere near what the Marlins would want. But that would only be a start.
Which leads one to think that the Rangers would not see a direct cost benefit and would probably elect to keep their prospect talent. The Marlins would push to get pitching help in addition to Olt and Profar, say a Matt Harrison for example. The Rangers just might be desperate for a tooled OFer to replace the departing Josh Hamilton and reports are surfacing that the Diamondbacks are looking to deal Justin Upton and one of the teams vying for his services are the Rangers. In fact, Elvis Andrus is the bait being dangled for Upton.
Which brings us back to Stanton. The Marlins have too much value right now to get anything near a fair return for him. Sure, they would get some big time prospects, and deck out their farm system to the envy of baseball, but prospects don’t always equate to production at the big league level. Remember the Marlins dealt Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis for two blue chip players from the Tigers system in Cameron Maybin and Andrew Miller. The best decision for the Marlins remains to keep Stanton and build around him and, hopefully as time passes and the Marlins can get back to winning, they can lock him up long term. If anything his value will continue to soar.