Marlins Discussed Stanton with Astros: Report

Talks Were Not Substantial and Went Nowhere

Monday, Jun 30, 2014  |  Updated 6:43 PM EDT
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Marlins Discussed Stanton with Astros: Report

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ST. PETERSBURG, FL - JUNE 5: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins rounds the bases after hitting a two-run home run off of pitcher Brad Boxberger #26 of the Tampa Bay Rays during the seventh inning of a game on June 5, 2014 at Tropicana Field in St. Petersburg, Florida. (Photo by Brian Blanco/Getty Images)

The Miami Marlins have a history of trading away the team’s best players, see Miguel Cabrera. But could the Marlins consider trading away slugger Giancarlo Stanton? According to new documents from the Houston Astros that were leaked Monday, the answer is maybe.

Stanton is getting more and more expensive to keep around in Miami and the Marlins’ brass hasn’t been able to convince him to sign a long-term extension with the team. This year, Stanton’s first arbitration eligible season saw his salary hit $6.5 million. He’ll be eligible for arbitration through the 2017 season if he doesn’t sign a long-term deal before then.

But Stanton has said he wants to see roster improvements to the team and a commitment to spend money before he considers signing a long-term deal.

Against that backdrop comes Monday’s leak from the Astros. From Deadspin.com, the entry in question in the documents reads as follows:

“[Astros General Manager Jeff Luhnow] talked to [Marlins GM Dan Jennings] and said we had interest in Stanton. DJ said he doesn’t think he’ll trade Stanton and the only deal he could think of from us that would work would be Springer and Correa. JL said that would not work. JL posited a deal around Cosart and Deshields.”

The Marlins told USAToday Monday that it’s “completely fabricated that they ever offered Stanton to #Astros or any other team calling it ‘laughable.’”

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