Word Sunday that the Marlins will “listen” to offers for Giancarlo Stanton. If that is the case, the Mets should trade anyone in their system for him.
Jim Bowden of ESPN and SiriusXM tweeted:
Dan Jennings Marlins AGM told us they will listen to all offers on Giancarlo Stanton but they’re not shopping him and don’t want to move him.
Stanton is simply one of the best young hitters in the game. Last season he hit 37 home runs, despite missing nearly 40 games due to injury and playing in cavernous Marlins Park. He already has 93 home runs in his three year career, including a rookie year in which he was called up in mid season.
If he is truly available, the Mets should move heaven and earth to get him, and that includes trading Matt Harvey or Zack Wheeler, in addition to other top prospects. It is never a good idea to trade young potential aces, but the 23 year old Giancarlo Stanton is one of those special hitters who does not come around very often.
The Mets desperately need hitting and have a surplus of young pitching, so there could be a match. It is highly doubtful that Stanton will be moved — the Marlins would be absolutely insane to trade him for anyone — but the Mets should at least place a phone call to Miami and see what it would take to land him.