After trading Hanley Ramirez to the Los Angeles Dodgers and Anibal Sanchez to the Detroit Tigers last season, the Marlins shipped Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to the Toronto Blue Jays for a bevy of players. Following the deal, Stanton expressed his surprise and general displeasure toward the organization.
While Stanton would potentially fetch multiple top prospects, the Marlins said after the blockbuster that they were not interested in moving him. This stance could of course change down the road, as there's no reason to believe Stanton won't join Ramirez, Johnson, Miguel Cabrera and other homegrown talent shipped out for a younger crop. But it doesn't appear this is going to happen anytime soon.
With the dust of the offseason shakeup settled, Stanton remains as the clear face of the Marlins' franchise, and while he's entering his fourth season in the majors he's still only 23 years old. The slugger is under team control until 2017 and isn't arbitration eligible until 2014.
Stanton turned in a career-year in 2012, as he hit .290/.361/.608 with 30 doubles and 37 home runs over 501 plate appearances. In three seasons in the bigs, he owns a career batting line of .270/.350/.553.