Monday, November 4, 2013
Newly-minted Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said Sunday that the Marlins will not be trading Giancarlo Stanton this offseason.
"He will be in right field at Marlins Park on Opening Day," Jennings said. "We are building around him."What exactly they will build around him is another question. Jennings said Sunday that the Angels' Mark Trumbo and Red Sox' Will Middlebrooks are enticing, but the team is "not there yet in terms of close to any deals."
This is not exactly surprising. While Stanton will be arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter, his slightly-disappointing 2013 season means he likely won't get a huge payout in arbitration. The team is expected to offer him a longer-term deal in the near future. It will be interesting to see if the Marlins can offer him enough money and/or years to offset his misgivings about the franchise.