The Philadelphia Phillies' ideas about trading for Miami Marlins' slugger Giancarlo Stanton could be considered pipe dreams if that organization hadn't previously dealt away so many star players. So, will general manager Ruben Amaro, Jr. eventually be able to obtain 'Bigfoot'?
'Babe Ruf', who is otherwise known as Darin Ruf, would seem to be one of the main pieces that would need be included in any transaction involving Stanton. Possibly, the Marlins might ask for Domonic Brown as their replacement outfielder along with a package of prospects in return instead. However, even if Larry Beinfest decided to trade his still-disgruntled right fielder, one has to wonder if he would agree to a deal with a divisional opponent?
Stanton, who dropped the 'Mike' moniker from the front of his name a few seasons ago, openly expressed complete shock after his Miami-based employer dismantled its core by dealing numerous high-priced players to the Toronto Blue Jays last November. Those moves slashed the team's payroll from $101 million to slightly over $50 million.
Because this 23-year-old is only playing in his fourth major league season, his annual salary won't be much through 2016. So, a low-cost, high-producing player isn't one the Marlins are likely to trade unless they're able to acquire at least two similar players.
Regardless of Stanton's stated opinions about baseball business, or Amaro's persistent desire to free that young man from his Floridian fate, the likelihood of a consummated trade between these teams seems slim. However, the Phillies' top front office boss has stunned his diamond colleagues before and could do so again as long as he offers the right bait for this big fish.