The Tigers may not have known it at the time, but trading for Omar Infante and Anibal Sanchez may have been the beginning of the end of the new look Marlins. Only one player of value remains on the roster and would be a perfect fit here in Detroit in Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton is 23 years old and in his first three seasons in Florida/Miami he hit 93 home runs and 232 RBI’s. He has also hit .270 total, but hit for a career high .290 last season.
Now the Marlins have no reason to trade Stanton, other than he isn’t happy after the trade with the Blue Jays:
Stanton is owed $480,000 and isn’t eligible for free agency until 2017 and would be moderately cheap for the Marlins until then. A GM asked about Stanton, but was told he is currently not on the market but what if that were to change.
It would take nearly every prospect of value to get a guy like Stanton including Nick Castellanos, Drew Smyly, and Avisail Garcia just to get talks started. Detroit would probably have to include guys like Andy Dirks, Casey Crosby, Andy Oliver and anyone else the Marlins may want.
Castellanos and Garcia are what the Tigers hope to one day develop into a guy with numbers like Stanton, but should the team wait and see when they could just acquire a guy with those numbers already? Smyly had a great rookie season and if he isn’t traded he could be in the rotation again next season and Crosby could be in the mix to start within the next year and a half.
Stanton is a rare talent and would be under the teams control until 2017 and may be part of the changing of the tide for this team as some of the stars start to get up in age.
So what do you think Tigers fans, should we sell the farm to get a guy like Giancarlo Stanton or should we continue to let the guys develop and hope they turn into the players we all hope? Let us know at @DSBloggers on Twitter or on Facebook or in the comments below to tell us what you, the fans, think