Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 7/30/13
It’s a day away from the non-waiver Trade Deadline and all appears quiet in Marlins camp. Wednesday’s 4 p.m. ET deadline is expected to come and go with little to no activity. Still you never know. Contending teams have been calling regularly on a number of core Miami players. They’re repeatedly told closer Steve Cishek is not available. Most likely that will be the stock answer to any core player wearing the multi-colored Marlins’ uniforms. As the deadline approaches worth watching is if a contender can offer a substantial package of players that would lure in slugger Giancarlo Stanton. The 23-year-old viewed as a building block in Miami is not expected to go anywhere. Not just for the remainder of 2013 but in 2014 and perhaps beyond either. Right now the Marlins have pretty much closed the door on any Stanton offers. The challenge for a contender is seeing if they can convince the Miami brass to even listen? It’s no secret that the Rangers and Pirates have repeatedly checked in on Stanton. All their calls have been met with a resounding “No.” Is there a team out there who won’t take “no” for an answer and somehow get Miami to say yes? If there is a sleeper squad it could be the Red Sox. A league source said Boston may be willing to part with whatever it takes in hopes of swaying the Marlins to relocate Stanton to Fenway Park. The Red Sox indeed have a strong system and it would likely take four or five players alone to secure Stanton’s services. But is there a fit between the clubs? The Red Sox top prospect is shortstop Xander Bogaerts ranked by MLB.com as the sixth overall prospect in the game.
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