For a team not interested in trading Giancarlo Stanton, the Miami Marlins sure have had plenty of discussion about possible deals for the young outfielder. Most recently, the San Diego Padres and the Marlins have discussed a possible trade.
According to Bill Center of the San Diego Union Tribune, the Marlins reached out to the Padres about a deal. The Marlins would likely be looking for young, cost controlled players. That means they would look to raid the Padres' farm system if a deal were to be done. Players like Jedd Gyorko and Austin Hedges could be possibilities in any deal for Stanton, says Center.
"The price would be steep. But the Marlins earlier asked the Padres about the availability of infielder Gyorko. It would take at least Gyroko and two other prospects the Marlins could control for six seasons – possibly either Liriano or Hedges plus a pitcher."Stanton is not eligible for arbitration until the 2014 season and won't be a free agent until 2016. That means San Diego could pull off a trade and have time to work out a team-friendly long-term contract for Stanton. That would be the only way a deal would make sense for the small-market Padres.
Stanton suffered knee soreness that was eventually diagnosed as loose bodies that would need to be cleaned up. He underwent arthroscopic surgery in July and missed the All-Star Game. He also missed 28 games as a result of the injury.
The knee surgery did not derail Stanton's offensive dominance, though. He finished the year with a .290/.361/.608 line and 37 home runs. He led the National League in slugging percentage. And keep in mind, he played half his games in the larger, less hitter-friendly new Marlins Stadium.