A hypothetical trade for Giancarlo Stanton has been one of the favorite topics of discussion among Cardinals fans in recent weeks. Speculation that Jeffrey Loria’s sale of the Marlins would lead to a sale of the team’s assets–primarily its big contracts. The power-hitting Stanton tops the list, as he is owed nearly $300 million guaranteed for the next decade.
Because of the Cardinals’ desperate need for an impact bat, his fit in St. Louis would seem sensible. Add in the fact that the Cardinals have a billion dollar television contract kicking in with Fox Sports Midwest, and their ability to manage such an obscene contract might make it possible for them to swing such a deal, fans have speculated. After all, the Cardinals eventually have to take a risk on one of these young, talented, high-dollar players–could Stanton be the one?
According to SiriusXM radio host Craig Mish, it might not be as simple as the Cardinals desiring him, offering prospects for him, and acquiring him. And the reason why is rubbing some in Cardinal Nation the wrong way:
As of last week when I first reported the Giants & Cardinals contact on Stanton, the team did not believe he would accept a deal to STL.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 23, 2017
Included in Stanton’s mega-deal with Miami was a full no-trade clause. Considering the Cardinals have been one of the most successful sports franchises in the 21st century, no-trade clauses have not typically been much of a significant deterrent for the Cardinals in acquiring the players they want. With the Cardinals recent departure from good, clean, fundamental baseball, it seems that players may not be as keen on the organization as they may have been in years past (though we should mention the differences between living in Miami–a happening beach-town city in Florida–verses the midwestern town of St. Louis might have something to do with it, in this case).
After Mish’s tweet gained some steam amongst the St. Louis fanbase Monday morning, Mish emphasized an important distinction for fans to recognize:
Remember Cardinals fans : This is the Marlins perception on where Stanton will agree to go. He has not said publicly anything on the matter.
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) July 24, 2017
There could be a variety of advantages for why the Marlins would leak their perception that Stanton would decline a trade to St. Louis–could it be a targeted ploy by Miami to extract more value out of the Cardinals in a trade offer for Stanton? Is it even how he actually feels?
It wouldn’t seem Giancarlo Stanton would have anything to gain by the Marlins receiving more value in a trade for him, but since we haven’t heard anything publicly from the player himself, it’s hard to decipher what his true intentions would be.
What we do know: this report expressing the views of the middle man–the Marlins–has Cardinals fans sincerely questioning whether St. Louis is any longer the desired baseball destination it once was.