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.