Response To Proposed Giancarlo Stanton Deal To Mets

I read with great interest what my colleague, Joe DeCaro, posted on his website about a possible trade for Miami’s Giancarlo Stanton in exchange for Zack Wheeler and Travis d’Arnaud.

STANTON: Interesting to think about.

STANTON: Interesting to think about.

There are compelling reasons for both teams to pull the trigger on this deal, but also for standing pat.

Personally, I don’t see it happening.

The Marlins don’t have to worry about Stanton’s contract until 2017, when he becomes a free agent. They are paying him a paltry $480,000 this year. The earliest the Marlins have to worry about paying him the big bucks is when he becomes arbitration eligible in 2014. He’s then a free agent at 2017.

If owner Jeffrey Loria were smart, and we know that’s not the case, he’d tie up Stanton now for the long term, but that’s not happening.

“We are hoping that that moment will come but Giancarlo needs to play this year,’’ Loria told The Palm Beach Post. “He is here for certainly the foreseeable future and we will cross that bridge at the appropriate moment.

“He will be here this year and I’m hopeful he will come here the next year. … I would love to see him be the centerpiece of this ball club. He’d the young giant in the ball club but you can’t make promises in this game because strange things happen all the time.

“I don’t think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer. We have to let him play it out, let him feel more comfortable.’’

Stanton is certainly not comfortable with the Marlins now as evidenced by his tweeting after the Jose Reyes deal.

The Marlins have time with Stanton, but even if they were willing to deal him now, would they trade him within the division? Does he want to see Stanton pummel his pitching staff 18 times a year? Conversely, will the Mets risk having Wheeler and d’Arnaud develop into stars with another team in the division?

I don’t think so, on either count.

Getting Stanton would require big money, arguably more than what the package the Mets gave David Wright. It would also likely entail reaching an extension with him prior to the trade and including a no-trade clause.

These trades are always fun to think about, but realistically rarely happen. As for the Mets, I’d rather see them develop Wheeler and fill their catching void, and if they really do have more money, go after a hitter next winter.

4 thoughts on “Response To Proposed Giancarlo Stanton Deal To Mets

  1. Wow.

    He is a legit power hitter. How is his defense and arm?

    If Wheeler is what they project him to be a #1 type of pitcher it would be hard to make that trade. That is without D’arnoud becoming a very good every day catcher for the next 8 years or so.

    Imagine having Harvey and Wheeler at the top of your rotation with Niese and whoever else rounding out your staff. Pitching wins championships.

  2. Why would it take big money for the Mets when you started off by saying it wouldn’t cost Loria much of anything to keep him? Only Met people would try to kill a deal for the best young power hitter in the game. Mets have taught their fans to accept mediocrity and losing. Its a shame. .

  3. Nathan: The cost to the Marlins would be low until he goes to arbitration. And, he’ll be eligible until free agency. To get a player like Stanton you’ll have to agree to a contract extension. That’s where the big money comes in.-JD