Marlins not shopping Stanton
MIAMI — Giancarlo Stanton is not on the trade market.
The news is not alarming since there have long been indications that the slugger is a core piece of the Marlins’ rebuilding puzzle.
But on Sunday, Marlins general manager Dan Jennings made it public that Stanton will be in right field for Miami in 2014.
Jennings was a guest of Jim Bowden and Jim Duquette on SiriusXM radio on Sunday.
Asked about Stanton, Jennings said: “not available” for a trade this offseason.
“He will be in right field at Marlins Park on Opening Day,” Jennings said. “We are building around him.”
Stanton, who turns 24 this month, is arbitration-eligible for the first time.
The Marlins also are discussing internally whether to sign Stanton to a long-term contract.
Stanton won’t be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.
Technically, the Marlins could go year to year with Stanton for three more seasons, if he doesn’t agree to a multi-year deal.
While it has been widely reported Stanton would not accept a multi-year deal with Miami, money has a way of making players change their mind.
The Marlins are expected to approach Stanton will a hefty contract proposal.
On radio on Sunday, Jennings also was asked about potential trades. The names Mark Trumbo of the Angels and Will Middlebrooks of the Red Sox each came up.
“We like both guys,” Jennings said. “We’re not there yet in terms of close to any deals.”
The General Manager’s Meetings are set for next week in Orlando, which pretty much launch the Hot Stove Season.
The Marlins are in the market for power hitters, and they plan to explore options at third base and catcher.
The organization feels Rob Brantly would benefit with more time in Triple-A.
Miami has a surplus of high-end, young pitching that it may need to part with to lure in a power bat.
– Joe Frisaro