Giancarlo Guessing Game: Mets Edition
Thursday’s rumors involving Giancarlo Stanton to the Mets have been comical. For some, trading Travis D’Arnaud and Zack Wheeler for the Marlins right fielder is too much. They are smoking crack, me thinks.
In Arizona, I had a conversation with a scout about potential trades for Stanton. It was a hypothetical involving the Rangers and it went something like this.
Me: Profar for Stanton?
Me: Profar and Olt for Stanton?
Me: Profar, Olt and Martin Perez for Stanton
Me: Profar, Olt, Perez and any two lower level prospects in the system?
Scout: Yes, and more. Just give them the whole system. It’s Giancarlo Stanton.
For another team to acquire Stanton, they have to be willing to deal the farm. For the Mets, it would take D’Arnaud, Wheeler and MORE to land the right fielder. Anybody who thinks otherwise has no understanding of his value.
Regardless of the offer, the Mets are a bad match. The Marlins already did the acquire a quality young starter and catcher of the future thing for Anibal Sanchez. Jacob Turner and Rob Brantly are not as good as the Mets pair, but adding to areas of strength makes little sense. In other deals, the Marlins also added Nate Eovaldi, Henderson Alvarez and Justin Nicolino. First rounders Jose Fernandez and Andrew Heaney are also a big part of the team’s future. The Marlins have needs all over the diamond, but not at those positions.
- The Marlins need help at third base. The Mets “best” third base prospect is Wilmer Flores — If you believe he’s a third baseman.
- The Marlins need a power hitting outfielder to replace Stanton. The Mets have Brandon Nimmo?
- The Marlins need a middle infielder. The Mets have Gavin Cecchini?
How does this work exactly?
In a bubble, D’Arnaud, Wheeler, Flores, Tapia and Nimmo might get it done. But if baseball was played in a bubble without the influence of outside factors, then Stanton would be a Marlin for life.
25 Jan 2014 / Mike Newman /
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