The potential trade of slugger Giancarlo Stanton has many moving parts. How much of the $295 million he’s guaranteed over the life of his contract are the Marlins willing to eat? What type of package of elite prospects are teams willing to send to Miami to acquire the Ruthian figure who hit 59 home runs in 2017? Finding that balance will not be easy. Baseball’s best and brightest have descended on the Waldorf Astoria for the annual GM meetings, and Stanton’s future is one of the primary topics of conversation — inside the closed-door meetings, in the media center and pretty much anywhere a cellphone conversation is happening. Everyone wants to know what will happen next, including the Marlins. General manager Michael Hill said he’s met with Stanton this offseason, which was the first step in the process. And now, the GM meetings. “This is the first time this offseason I’m with my peers,” Hill said, “and it’s an opportunity to visit with them and get an idea of what their plans are moving forward and see if we match up on anything, and see if there’s an opportunity for us to get better.” Hill and other GMs here in the Disney footprint have much to discuss. But Stanton really only has one question to answer: Where does he want to play baseball for the next three seasons? See, Stanton holds two very powerful poker chips. He has full no-trade power, which means he can tell the Marlins which teams are realistic options. And, he has an opt-out clause after the 2020 season.
Giancarlo has choice of uniforms until 2020 opt-out clause kicks in
Sporting News | Nov 16