Cotillo mentioned Marlins outfielders Marcel Ozuna and Christian Yelich as other trade possibilities, but pointed out Stanton and Martinez will be the first two dominoes likely to fall for those teams in the market for big bats. "I've said from the beginning we need to get better". "Giancarlo's running the show".
It's all speculation, but that doesn't make it any less fun when your hometown team is involved in talks for a player of Stanton's caliber. On Monday, the annual GM meetings began in Orlando, FL. "That's why I don't like to comment on rumors because you never know how things are going to play out". There are probably others, all of them thinking that Stanton could come to their team and their city and light everything up the way Aaron Judge lit up Yankee Stadium; when All Rise Judge led the kind of rising he did for the New York Yankees.
"I do have a sense, and we'll keep that internal, and at the appropriate time we'll discuss whatever we need to discuss", Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said via the Miami Herald.
The fact Martinez is an outfielder to a team full of them isn't a significant issue because Dombrowski said he's convinced Hanley Ramirez can play first base again next season, as opposed to being limited to DH duty for nearly all of 2017. "But then things like this happen and you're, 'Oh (expletive)'".
There are a number of complicating factors at play with any Stanton deal. Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes wanted no-trade wording put into their contracts when they signed with Miami in 2011, and the Marlins refused with each. And by now everybody knows that Stanton chased 60 all the way until his last at-bat of the season, and what might be his last for the Miami Marlins. He has a full no-trade clause and can pick his ultimate destination. Rodriguez was the great get at the time, and Tom Hicks sure got him, with an offer that Rodriguez simply could not refuse, the way Stanton could not refuse an even bigger offer from Jeffrey Loria, the previous Marlins' owner, 14 years later. "We have a lot of good players". "Ultimately, we felt comfortable enough to make the deal and made the deal". The Red Sox have several young major leaguers who surely intrigue the Marlins, but which of them are they willing to part with? Folks around the team suggest Stanton most wants to go to a winning team, and though a couple people hinted that he might prefer the West Coast, a Marlins person suggested that wasn't necessarily the case. The Cardinals and Giants have been seen as the most aggressive pursuers this past summer of Stanton, along with the Phillies, but they are apparently not along now.