Found October 31, 2013 on MLB Injury News:
“Very possible”: that is how MLB.com’s Pittsburgh Pirates beat writer Tom Singer describes the Pirates’ chances of landing Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton in a trade. Singer reports that the Pirates will most likely re-sign Marlon Byrd, a late-season trade acquisition from the New York Mets, so they would not have excess money left to sign higher-priced veterans. To acquire Stanton, then, the Pirates would likely have to offer right fielder Jose Tabata and some bullpen help as an attractive package. Although Stanton made only $537,000 in 2013, he is now eligible for arbitration for the first time and will command a huge raise. In four years, he has averaged .265/.354/.535, 29 HR, and 74 RBI. Those numbers do not look like the superstar potential that he has, but consider that he has also averaged only 122 games. He has also accumulated those RBI for a team that has a lot of trouble scoring runs. In addition, Stanton has an average WAR of 3.7 for a usual last-place team. He has prodigious power — so much power that he blasted a home run that tore a hole in the brand new scoreboard in Marlins Park in 2012, more than 450 feet down the left-field line. Pittsburgh’s PNC Park is more of a pitcher’s park, but with Stanton’s power, that does not matter. Tabata, meanwhile, made $1 million in 2013 and is under team control for six more years. The Marlins like that team control even though he will progress from $3 million in 2014 to $8.5 million by 2018. He has also played for four years, but his averages read .274/.339/.385, 4 HR, and 26 RBI in 100 games as more of a part-time player. The Pirates would add a huge bat in Stanton, but they would pay a larger price to get him. The Marlins would lose that production but have a player they would control for six years.  The trade makes great sense for the Pirates as they continue to build a winner, but Marlins fans would, once again, see their team’s best player leave town. Follow Raymond on Twitter @RayBureau. Like and share Raymond’s “Baseball Bureau” page on Facebook.
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