With three weeks until the non-waiver trade deadline, Marlins baseball president Michael Hill has shot down any notion that the club will trade young stars Giancarlo Stanton, Justin Bour, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, J.T. Realmuto and Dan Straily, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.
There have been reports that the Marlins are in trade talks about some of their relievers, mainly closer A.J. Ramos and set-up man David Phelps. But when asked about Yelich, Ozuna and Realmuto, Hill said the club is not “talking about those guys.”
As far as Stanton, Hill said they “haven’t put his name out there.” Some people speculated that Stanton, who signed a 13-year, $325 million deal with the Marlins in 2014 that includes a no-trade clause, could fit with either the Dodgers, Cardinals, Red Sox, Yankees or Phillies. However, Stanton is still owed $295 million and he has the final say on where he goes.
And in Bour’s case, Hill said he is considered in the same category as these other four players. Bour drew interest from the Yankees on Sunday, but the 29-year-old first baseman has been productive (20 home runs, 59 RBI), is cheap (only making $553,000), is up for arbitration in 2018 and is not a free agent until 2021.
And when it comes to Straily, who has gone 7-4 with a 3.31 ERA this year, Hill says the right-hander is also a “pre-arb starting pitcher,” making him not available either.
Despite these six being off limits, some teams have also been interested in players such as Dee Gordon and Martin Prado, along with Phelps and Ramos. Bob Nightengale of USA Today said that three teams are interested in Gordon and Heyman said sources for the Marlins said Gordon “has been at least mentioned” in trade talks. As for Prado, the Red Sox are interested in both him and Phelps.