|No Trade for Now???|
A Mets official tells Mike Puma in the NY Post that the organization is unlikely to add a major piece such as Carlos Gonzalez at the trade deadline. “I don’t think that’s something [for] right now,” the source told Puma. “That’s probably something more for the offseason.”
This year’s pool of potential trade bait includes Marlon Byrd, Daniel Murphy, Dillon Gee, Jeremy Hefner and Bobby Parnell. But the Mets aren’t going to trade any of those players just for the sake of making a deal.
The organization’s biggest trade chips, pitching prospects Rafael Montero and Noah Syndergaard, would likely need to be included in a deal to land the kind of high-impact outfielder the Mets covet.
The market's biggest potential prize, however -- both physically and otherwise -- can be found across the Marlins clubhouse. He is Giancarlo Stanton, the 6-foot-6, 240-pound Californian who is likely to reach his 24th birthday in November having hit more home runs -- he currently has 100 -- than anyone of that age since Alex Rodriguez.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is known for his fire sales, yet Loria has not wavered from his stance that Stanton is not going anywhere anytime soon. Loria is besotted with Stanton for the same reasons that his competitors covet him, and they extend beyond his rare power.
Stanton will earn just $537,000 this season, and he is not due to become a free agent until after 2016, meaning that even after he receives what will undoubtedly be significant raises starting this winter, when he is arbitration-eligible for the first time, he will still be under team control at a sub-market wage for a minimum of three more years.
Even the Marlins, who through Thursday were an MLB-worst 27-50, might themselves be contenders three years from now, and two competing executives contacted by SI.com expect Loria to hang on to Stanton through the July 31 deadline, and possibly for the long haul.
"Not sure why they would trade him now -- you need power to be good," said one. "It's an academic exercise. If you trade young power now, you are then left looking for it in the draft for the next couple of years, and probably not being able to find it."
"I highly doubt he will be moved before the deadline," said another. "If he's traded at all, it seems like more of an off-season move, since the return will be so heavy."
Other rival executives believe differently. "I think high probability," said one scouting director of Stanton's chances of being moved. "He wants out and will not be there long-term, and they know it."
One of the reasons why a return for Stanton would be "enormous," as one exec said, is that his contractual status will not limit his suitors only to contenders.
Even the rebuilding Mets, at the moment just four games up on the Lonely Marlins in the NL East could dangle pitcher Zack Wheeler and catcher Travis d'Arnaud, and the scuffling Seattle Mariners could offer their own pitcher-catcher combination in Taijuan Walker and Mike Zunino.
In fact, virtually every team has reason to desire Stanton, and that demand will likely drive his price even higher, but it is not known whether the price will be met sooner or later..
Report Compiled from ESPN/SI.com/NY Post