Giancarlo Stanton with the Marlins.

Considering the astronomical amount of money that Giancarlo Stanton is owed over the next 11-years, are the Marlins even in a position to ask for anything in return if they’re to trade him? (Photo courtesy of Arturo Pardavila)

So the Marlins want to trade Giancarlo Stanton do they?  Well if that’s the case, they may as well give him away for free because there aren’t many teams in their right mind foolish enough to take on such a ridiculous contract.

With 11 years, and $295 million remaining on his deal, it’s safe to say that Stanton is the riskiest player in the entire league to have on your ball club.  Considering this risk, it’s one thing that Marlins new ownership group wishes to trade such a player, but it’s something else entirely that their asking price to part with Stanton has been “shockingly high” thus far.

For a team who’s main priority at the moment is to move Stanton, it surprising that they’d be asking so much for him.  If I’m a GM, I’m staying as far away from Stanton and that contract of his as possible.  And I most certainly wouldn’t part with multiple high-end prospects (the apparent asking price of the Marlins) in order to complete such a deal.

Hopefully no team lacks the foresight (unless it’s the Red Sox or Yankees) to trade away any assets whatsoever in order to acquire Stanton.  What any team with even the slightest bit of interest in Stanton needs to know, is that they’re the ones in the drivers seat when it comes to these negotiations, not the Marlins.  Don’t let the Marlins dictate the terms of this deal, make them sweat it out, because with each passing year that they have to pay Stanton, they’ll get more and more desperate to move him.

I don’t have a magic 8-ball that lets me see into the future, but I can tell you without a doubt that Stanton’s contract is the worst in baseball and will come back to haunt any team dumb enough to take it on.  The Marlins apparent asking price for Stanton is two Top 100 prospects…but give it a year and I bet their asking price will be anything they can get…and give it 3-4 years and it’ll be the Marlins who are the ones who have to include two of their top prospects in order for another team to take Stanton off their hands.

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