Stanton, Marlins connected to leaked information

MIAMI — On the trade rumor front, where there is smoke there is usually a Giancarlo Stanton brush fire.

So Monday was more of the same when it was revealed Stanton and the Marlins were linked to information leaked from the Astros’ data base.

Deadspin obtained memos hacked from the Astros, and a couple of items involve the Marlins.

Before going further, one thing is clear in the here and now: Stanton is not on the trade market now, and he wasn’t in the offseason. Do teams inquire? Yes. Do the Marlins listen to general ideas? Yes. But that is where it starts and ends with the 24-year-old slugger. Stanton is the face of the Miami franchise, and the organization hopes to keep it that way in the future.

Last fall, Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow reportedly had a discussion with Miami general manager Dan Jennings regarding Stanton.

Nov. 15, 2013: “[Astros GM Jeff Luhnow] talked to [Marlins GM Dan Jennings] and said we had interest in Stanton. DJ said he doesn’t think he’ll trade Stanton and the only deal he could think of from us that would work would be Springer and Correa. JL said that would not work. JL posited a deal around [Jarred] Cosart and [Delino] Deshields.”

George Springer and Carlos Correa are two of the top prospects in the game.

USA Today on Monday quotes Jennings as saying the Stanton conversation is not true. sources call the Stanton item “erroneous.”

Speaking with reporters on Monday, Luhnow noted some of the leaked information was false. He didn’t specifically say what wasn’t true.

“It’s unfortunate,” Luhnow said about the story. “Some of it like I said is not accurate and there’s information out there that affects other teams and individual players that’s not accurate.”

In the Deadspin story, Miami also found itself noted in an item from last December. It involved inquiring about third baseman Matt Dominguez and second baseman Jose Altuve.

Dec. 9: “MIA said they need a 2B or 3B in exchange for [Logan] Morrison. Inquired on Altuve and Dominguez. They also expressed interest in Folty, McCullers, and Carlos Perez.”

Mike Foltynewicz and Lance McCullers are top Astros’ pitching prospects. Perez is a Minor League catcher.

Of note, Nov. 15 was the day after the general managers meetings concluded in Orlando, Fla. Ideas are readily exchanged when team officials get together. And Dec. 9 was the first full day of the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., also where team officials get together to bat around concepts.

So what does this all mean?

Teams regularly check in on Stanton’s availability, this is no secret. The Marlins made it public before the 2013 GM Meetings that Stanton was not on the market. Feelers are commonly tossed around, but it hardly suggests a Stanton for Springer/Correa deal was in the works.

Joe Frisaro

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