What is your opinion of the A.J. Pierzynski signing?
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Just from looking at his numbers so far, it's obvious Stanton isn't producing well. I haven't watched any of their games (why would I?) but I wonder whether or not this is partly the team's fault. Have they basically taken the bat out of his hands by trading away everyone else with a bat that should be feared?
He's walking a lot, though. It looks to me like he's getting pitched around a lot. This could be hurting his trade value. And as many of us know, Stanton is probably the biggest trade target in MLB right now. When producing, he's the sluggingest guy in the league, and he's still a few years away from his ostensible prime. He has indicated that he's dissatisfied with the Marlins' FO and implied that he does not want to remain with the team long-term. They are likely going to be terrible this year, and possibly for a few more, unless they do what they did in 2012, which worked out terribly for them.
If the implication is true, Stanton won't be with the team by the time they don't suck anymore. As such, it seems that the best course of action for the Marlins is to trade him for a nice package, and the sooner they do, the bigger the haul. But if he continues to look like this at the plate, the other teams will be bearish on him, and won't offer as much. And this might engender a vicious circle, and the Marlins might end up not retaining him and not having much to show for him. This would be a shame, as practically every team could find a place for him if he looks at all like he did last year, and several teams (like, ahem, Texas) have the pieces to get it done.
Are the Marlins hurting themselves by not trading him now? Is it only going to get worse if they don't?
I don't know how likely it is, but I (and most people with half a brain) would love to get him here. You make perfect sense on them hurting his value. He's wasting away on a team that will take years to rebuild. It's a damn shame.
Texas is one of the most likely destinations for him, if they're willing to trade him. We have the chips to pull it off without blowing up the farm. Offhand, the only other team that comes to mind as being both a contender and having the pieces to make it happen is St. Louis, and they would have to bench Holliday or Beltran (both arguably more productive than Murphy and Cruz, at least when healthy) in order to let him play every day, plus that would push Taveras back further on the depth chart. St. Louis is one of the few teams that really don't have a place for him without pushing another star aside. Offhand, the other ones that come to mind are Atlanta and LAA, and we know LAA doesn't hardly have shit. They couldn't trade their whole system for Stanton. Not sure if the Braves have the pieces to pull it off, either.
If I see an article in the next year with a title that starts "Giancarlo Stanton traded", I would put a few bucks on it saying he's a Ranger.
If he comes available, you bet your ass JD does all in his power to get him. JD won't let him slip... JD's best deals have usually come from trades rather than big FA spendings.
I thought the same thing a couple days when I looked at his stats. But I think the team we would have to contend for his services will be Seattle. They're desperate after that Upton trade. That trade will still be a huge haul just bc of them.
I would love for his numbers to stay down. It will make it easier to take him off the Marlins roster.
Numbers may affect Free Agent signings, but as far as trades, players are acquired for how they project by scouts more than what they are producing on their current team.
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