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Phillies still interested in Giancarlo Stanton

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Jason Arnold

Every team on the planet probably has interest in Giancarlo Stanton. Phillies GM Ruben Amaro reportedly pursued Stanton in May, but the Marlins would not budge.

According to a report from Jim Salisbury of CSN Philly, the Phillies still have a major thing for Stanton.

"I’ve tried to trade for him at least 10 times," GM Ruben Amaro Jr. said Wednesday afternoon.

Amaro pretended to tap out a text message on his cell phone.

"He says, ‘I’m not trading him,’" said Amaro, pretending to read the response from Larry Beinfest, the Marlins’ president of baseball operations.

When was the last time Amaro inquired about Stanton?

"Not all that long ago," Amaro said.

The Phillies are looking for a power-hitting, right-handed bat to occupy the middle of their lineup. The 23-year old slugger definitely fits that description. Stanton has been mentioned in trade rumors numerous times over the last couple of seasons, but will likely require an absurd package.

The Marlins have told multiple teams that they have zero intention of trading Stanton.

Stanton's production has been down this season. He is currently hitting .253 with 20 home runs with 50 RBI and a .370 OBP in 98 games.

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