Trading Stanton could help the Marlins bolster a pitching staff that finished a mere 26th in the league with a 4.82 ERA this season while also getting them out from under Stanton's backloaded contract.
Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, off his 59 home-run season, said on Jimmy Kimmel's ABC talk show on Tuesday evening that he will meet with new Marlins ownership after the World Series to discuss his future and said it seems "crazy" that the Marlins might trade him.
It has been rumored that the Marlins want to drop their payroll into the $90 million range, which would be hard with Stanton's contract in the mix. Stanton was in Los Angeles for the game between Astros and Dodgers Wednesday night to receive the Hank Aaron Award as the National League's highest offensive performer. "I've had thoughts on both sides, but I don't know any specifics". The 59 homers were the most in an Major League Baseball season since Baltimore Orioles first baseman Chris Davis hit 53 in 2013.
After commissioner Rob Manfred introduced the two winners, there was a warm exchange during the news conference when Aaron turned to Altuve on the dais and said, "I want to congratulate you for all the things that you have done, really".
Though Stanton has a no-trade clause, he has said he's not interested in going through another rebuilding program, and Jeter has spoken of the need to make decisions that won't be popular with fans.
Stanton said he is not rooting for - or against - his hometown Dodgers.
He said he remembered the days when he came to Los Angeles Stadium together with friends and family to watch games. Plans are still in the speculation stage right now, and Stanton had not met with the owners yet. "At the end of the day, I failed".
Kimmel asked Stanton if it seems insane to him that the team might be trying to trade a player who just hit 59 home runs in a season.