Originally posted on Fangraphs  |  Last updated 11/28/12
There’s a fair amount of belief out there that the Marlins should finish the job they started with the Blue Jays and trade their biggest chip for a huge package now. And the 24-year-old masher now named Giancarlo Stanton is quite the chip. He enters his final seasons at the league minimum just seven home runs short of triple digits, and still has three years of team control remaining after the upcoming one. It’s those years of control that provide room for the most debate about his value. You can try to do a straight calculation to reduce this to an equation. Stanton’s defense in the corner outfield has been steady, as has his patience, and only an injury kept him from producing six wins last season. He’s pre-peak by any measure, so penciling him in for another 25 wins over the next four years is reasonable. You’ll get one or two superstar seasons and one or two more six-win type seasons for your money. We’re painting with a broad brush here, but the best is yet to come, if most aging
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