No, the Miami Marlins do not intend to trade right fielder Giancarlo Stanton. At least not before the July 31 non-waiver deadline.
Owner Jeffrey Loria is adamant about wanting to build around Stanton, according to major league sources. And for all the outrage over the Marlins' most recent dismantling, rival scouts and executives say the franchise is again teeming with young talent.
Stanton, who tweeted, "Alright, I'm pissed off!!!" after the Marlins' blockbuster with the Blue Jays last offseason, remains extremely unlikely to sign with the club long term, sources say. But the Marlins certainly can afford him next season, his first year of arbitration, and he is under club control for two more seasons after that, through 2016.
Which isn't to say the Marlins are committed to keeping Stanton; they could trade him as soon as this offseason, and even their immediate plan is subject to change. But remember, baseball is watching the Marlins closely, according to a statement that commiss...