UPDATE: Giancarlo Stanton is staying put, and any discussions on a potential trade were out of “professional courtesy,” according to Clark Spencer and Manny Navarro of the Miami Herald.
The San Diego Padres appeared poised to make a play for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton after he wore out his welcome in South Florida.
According to Bill Center of the U-T San Diego, Stanton has fallen out of favor in Miami after being vocally critical of the team’s recent series offseason moves that sent some of its best players away in a cost-cutting effort. The Padres are among the teams the Marlins have spoken to regarding the 23-year-old outfielder.
Stanton, like another Padres trade target Justin Upton, is a right-handed power-hitting outfielder that would fit in nicely in San Diego as the Friars try to compete in the new-and-improved NL West. The division boasts not only the 2012 World Series champion San Francisco Giants, but a Los Angeles Dodgers team that added a wealth of talent following the season.
Last season, Stanton batted .290 with 37 home runs and 86 RBIs. He appeared in 127 games for the Marlins and displayed tremendous power with a National League-best .608 slugging percentage. With the fences at Petco Park set to be moved in, he could find similar success in Southern California. He would not be arbitration eligible until after the 2014 season.
There’s another big reason the move makes sense.
Unlike the scenario involving a move for Upton, the Padres could likely keep third baseman Chase Headley in a San Diego uniform in the wake of a deal for Stanton. The Marlins have expressed prior interest in top Padres’ prospect Jedd Gyoroko, and that deal would likely require two additional prospects.
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