Marlins will listen to offers for Stanton, not actively shopping him

Giancarlo Stanton 1 polaroidWhile the Marlins are not actively shopping OF Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins will listen to offers for him, writes Joe Frisaro of MLB.com.

“Sometimes I chuckle when I hear people say, ‘This guy’s untouchable,’ and ‘That guy’s untouchable,’ Marlins Assistant GM Dan Jennings said on SiriusXM Radio on Sunday. “You know what? They may be untouchable until someone either overwhelms you or you get a package back that makes such a significant improvement on your club going forward. So we’ve always been willing to listen.”

If a team is willing to “clean out” all of their top prospects in their organization, the Marlins could conceivably move Stanton, Frisaro explains.

Michael Baron, Contributor

More and more, teams are valuing their top prospects in a greater effort to build from within. Maybe they’re being overvalued these days. But that’s partly due to inflated free agent prices and teams locking up their key talent through arbitration and the first few years of free agency, which thins out the crop of talent on the free agent market year after year. With that in mind, it’s hard to envision a team mortgaging everything to get Stanton despite his long-term potential for stardom.

In the case of the Mets, I just don’t see Stanton in the cards right now. In fact, I don’t see many options for Miami here, assuming they decide to put Stanton on the block. That’s not to say the Mets don’t need Stanton or wouldn’t want Stanton; the Mets are still not at the stage where they can afford to deal too many prospects, even in a more realistic scenario for someone who is reportedly available. They need to develop their farm system to a point where they have excess. While their farm system has greatly improved over the last 18 months or so, the Mets are not ready to consistently contend and still haven’t reached a point where they have excess to deal away for a big time, Major League talent.