Giancarlo Stanton isn’t available; Rangers have less to trade

Matthew Cerrone, Lead Writer

The Rangers acquired starting pitcher Matt Garza from the Cubs for 3B-OF prospect Mike Olt, and pitching prospects C.J. Edwards and Justin Grimm, plus at least one player to be named later.

Giancarlo Stanton PolaroidI care about this because it means Texas now has less prospects to deal when the Marlins begin fielding offers this winter for Giancarlo Stanton.

I’ve been told by people in baseball that, to get Stanton today, a team like the Mets would need to give them Matt Harvey. The way I understand it, the Marlins are encouraged by what they’re seeing in their young players, specifically Jose Fernandez. As such, instead of looking to move Stanton for a basket of three or four top minor leaguers (think Noah Syndergaard, Wilmer Flores, Travis d’Arnaud, etc.), they may look to get equal value, i.e., a current, very productive, affordable player, under contract for longer than Stanton’s remaining three-year deal, i.e., a Harvey.

The Rangers will have interest in Stanton, most MLB insiders say. So, the less young players they have, the better…