The Miami Marlins have no problems trading any and all players on their roster, despite their level of talent. They have proven that time and time again and should be considered perhaps the worst run franchise in all of professional sports. Miami owner Jeffrey Loria is a moron who cares only about making money and not at all about the fans, and his front office lackies, led by his idiot son-in-law David Samson, are about as clueless as they come. The Marlins cleaned house this past year, unloading players including Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Heath Bell, Omar Infante, Anibal Sanchez and John Buck, just to name a few. The team fleeced the fans and taxpayers, and have completely dismantled what they promised would be a World Series contender for years to come. With only one or two current players on the roster who could fetch quite a ransom, everyone knows that it is only a matter of time before the Marlins trade Giancarlo Stanton. Since they have already shown that they have no problem at all trading star players within the National League East (they once traded Dan Uggla to the Atlanta Braves while still in the thick of the playoff chase), it should come as no surprise that other teams within the division are keeping tabs on Stanton. Right now, it seems no team may be more interested in acquiring Stanton than the New York Mets.
According to Andy Martino of The New York Daily News, the Mets continue to ‘monitor’ Stanton, and would reportedly have no issues dealing top pitching prospect Zack Wheeler and top catching prospect Travis d’Arnaud to acquire him.
“Would you trade those blue chippers for a guy who might become the premier slugger of his generation,” asked Martino? ” I say, hell yes, duh, no brainer, but let’s hear from people whose opinions actually matter.”
Martino also wrote that the Mets considered dangling Wheeler for outfield help that included Carlos Gonzalez of the Colorado Rockies or Justin Upton of the Arizona Diamondbacks, before he was dealt to the Braves. Wheeler was acquired in the Carlos Beltran deal with the San Francisco Giants in 2011. They acquired d’Arnaud from the Toronto Blue jays this past offseason in a trade that sent reigning National League Cy Young winner R.A. Dickey up north.
While many would argue that the Mets should not consider dealing what could be their best battery since the days of Dwight Gooden and Gary Carter, others would say that Stanton is already a star who is only going to get better. He is a proven commodity, while Wheeler and d’Arnaud are still prospects who possess potential.
That is a word that draws both excitement and ire of sports fans. To acquire an All-Star for two unknowns seems like an obvious decision to me, but whether or not the Mets and Marlins could come to an agreement remains to be seen.
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