Yesterday, Jim Bowden of SiriusXM reported that while the Marlins are not actively shopping Giancarlo Stanton, they would listen to all trade offers for the 23 year-old right fielder. Even though Miami deported half of their team to Canada a few months ago, trading Stanton would actually make sense for the Marlins. It's unlikely that they will be able to sign Stanton to an extension, and if they were to deal him now, they could likely get three or four blue-chip prospects and maybe one or two proven big leaguers. Still, it would have to take the perfect deal to ship off Stanton. Marlins fans are still reeling over the trade to the Blue Jays, so to trade the last piece of puzzle that was supposed to be finished a year ago would be the 464th punch in the nuts suffered by Marlins fans in the last 20 years. Still, with the pieces from the Blue Jays trade and the hypothetical ones from a Stanton trade, the Fish could become serious contenders in a few years.
As a Rockies fan for my entire life, something about the Marlins enrages me. While the Rockies were bringing in 50,000 fans to every game, the Marlins were struggling to fill up 20% of their old stadium. Despite this fact, it was the Marlins who were rewarded with two championships. Regardless, if there's any way the Rockies could get their hands on Giancarlo Stanton, I would have a humidorgasm. In six games at Coors Field in his career, Stanton has had nine hits in 25 at-bats. Of those nine hits, six of them were home runs! And of those six home runs, five of them hit Dinger signing autographs on the concourse. If Stanton were to play 81 games at Coors Field, he could challenge Babe Ruth/Roger Maris/Mark McGwire/Sammy Sosa/Barry Bonds' single-season home run record.
If I wrote this in 2010 and a player like Stanton was on the market, I would think it would be a necessity for the Rockies to make a run at this imaginary player. But now, the Rockies just had their worst record in franchise history with a very formidable offense. If the team does sell the farm, it has to be for some kind of pitching. The only deal I could see the Marlins accepting that wouldn't completely destroy the Rockies would be a CarGo/Arenado package for Stanton. CarGo could be a cheaper alternative to Stanton for more years and Arenado has the promise to be a very high quality third baseman.
Still, making an aggressive run for Stanton now doesn't make sense for the Rockies. There are too many holes on this team that even a beautiful, Latin right fielder can't fill all of them. The only way I can see Stanton in a Rockies uniform is if they made a run at him as a free agent in a couple years. He would cost us about 1.5 Tulos, but with Root Sports' contract almost up, the Rockies could get an influx of dolla-bills.