This news comes on the same day that there were surprisng rumors circulating that Stanton would exercise his no trade clause and thus block a deal to Boston or St. Louis. Though none of that has been officially confirmed, there have already been a number of teams interested in the NL MVP candidate.
Stanton, 28, is coming off a career year where he remained healthy, smacking a league leading 59 bombs and 132 RBIs to go along with an impressive .281/.376/.631 (1.007 OPS) slash line. Stanton has already been given a Silver Slugger award, and he is the frontrunner for the NL MVP, despite Miami’s lack of success in 2017.
Stanton is still owed $285-million over the next 10 years through the 2027 season, and his contract includes a club option of $25-million for 2028. He also has an opt-out after the 2020 season. With his massive contract, it could be difficult for Derek Jeter and the Miami front office to move Stanton, despite the number of interested ball clubs.
With his star power and team control, Buster Olney of ESPN.com reported today that the Marlins asking price for their superstar is “shockingly high” as the new ownership group looks to get younger while chopping off salary obligations. Still, the Marlins are expected to move Stanton before opening day if he waives his no-trade clause, which he would likely do if he was dealt to a perennial contender.