Reports have emerged that the Marlins would prefer a Giancarlo trade with the St. Louis Cardinals. This makes sense, given the lack of offense the Cardinals got out of their cleanup spot in 2017. Piscotty, who was penciled in as a “cleanup guy” for the Cardinals heading into 2017 simply did not pan out, having a miserable season and getting sent to the minors. From then on it was a circus ring of players including Gyorko, Fowler, Molina and more all trying their hand in the cleanup spot.
For the Marlins, this makes sense due to the young pitching depth the Cardinals would be able to deal at the Minor and Major League level. These pitchers include, but are not limited to Alex Reyes, Luke Weaver, Sandy Alcantara, John Gant, and Jack Flaherty. This doesn’t even include young fireballers such as Junior Fernandez, Dakota Hudson, and Austin Gomber. The Marlins don’t have a rotation now that can compete with anyone in their division. They don’t have young and upcoming stars such as Kolby Allard and Sean Newcomb for Atlanta, they don’t have the rich pitching the Mets possess despite injuries, and they don’t have a true ace like the Phillies do in Aaron Nola. They need to fix their rotation woes to have a future going forward.
So what would a potential trade look like? From a Cardinals perspective, it would be great to not have to give up young arms like Flaherty, but it’s unrealistic to think they can get by trading their B level pitching to get a slugger such as Stanton. One such scenario could see Flaherty, Alcantara and Harrison Bader traded to Miami for Stanton. However, the trade could get even bigger than that.
It’s no secret Dee Gordon and Giancarlo Stanton are great friends, and they could be included in a deal together; replacing Wong with Gordon would give the Cardinals speed they have not had since the 1980s. Piecing in Dee Gordon into the deal could look something like this: Flaherty, Alcantara, Bader, Wong, and Junior Fernandez for Giancarlo Stanton and Dee Gordon. This would instantly put the Cardinals in an interesting position for 2018, as they would still have Alex Reyes and Luke Weaver for the rotation. This may be the turning point the Cardinals need to catch up to a super team in the Chicago Cubs, only time will tell if it comes true.
Stanton has a no-trade clause in his contract and has expressed his interest in going to a coastal city. This would be the biggest roadblock in a potential Cardinals/Marlins blockbuster. If he decides to waive it, the Cardinals are set to be prime contenders in the Central.
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