The hottest hitter on the planet reportedly is up for grabs.
The Miami Marlins are “willing to engage” with other clubs about a possible trade involving star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, MLB Network’s Jon Morosi reported Wednesday, citing a source. The Marlins aren’t involved in any “serious talks” on a Stanton deal, though, per Morosi.
Stanton reportedly cleared revocable waivers Sunday, meaning Miami can freely trade him during the month of August. Of course, clubs interested in acquiring the 27-year-old All-Star would have to consider his massive contract: Stanton has 10 more years and $295 million remaining on a lucrative 13-year, $325 million deal that’s fully guaranteed.
But Stanton has earned his paycheck of late. The Marlins slugger entered Wednesday with home runs in six consecutive games and a whopping 22 homers since July 5. He leads Major League Baseball with 44 dingers in 2017, which already is a Marlins single-season record, and ranks third in MLB with 94 RBIs.
The Marlins are a long shot to make the postseason at 58-61, so they could jump-start a rebuild by moving their franchise player. But will another club be willing to pay an astronomical price to make a deal happen?
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