Oct. 2, 2012; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) connects for a base hit during the second inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Should The Los Angeles Angels Try To Trade For Giancarlo Stanton?


News broke this weekend that the Miami Marlins would be willing to listen to offers on star slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Earlier in the off-season, the Marlins traded anyone making any money to the Toronto Blue Jays. Stanton wasn’t pleased to say the least. Stanton is under team control and is becoming one of the most feared sluggers in the game. Should the Angels consider a trade for him? Would they?

Well for one thing, I don’t think the Angels are going to make a run at him, however, no one saw them signing Josh Hamilton either. Jerry Dipoto likes to be very stealthy when it comes to moves, so who knows what kind of thing he is capable of. I still can’t see them doing this, but what would it take to get it done.Well Mark Trumbo would be a good start to the package. He’s a young power hitter as well, not as good as Giancarlo, but he can put the ball out with the best of them. They can put him in the outfield, or at first base, depending on what they want to do with Logan Morrisson. There were rumors of him possibly being dealt, those seem to have quieted down.

How about C.J. Cron too? He can be their first baseman of the future. As I talked before, Cron is blocked at first base. While I don’t like trading a prospect like this, for a guy like Stanton I would make an exception.

How about Nick Mutz? He’s a couple of years away, but could give the Marlins another arm in their farm system. He’ll be going into his first full season of ball, so this year may be an adjustment for him, however, he’s ranked in the top 10 of the Angel system for a reason.

Could this be enough to get it done? Maybe. Will the Angels do something like this? Probably not, however, never count the Angels out of doing something that they think can help the team.

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  • Mike G.

    No offense, but this is honestly just blatantly stupid conjecture. The Angels do not have the necessary prospects to even begin a conversation with the Marlins concerning a trade for Stanton, and it’s not as if Stanton is on the trading block, the Marlins are just saying that they are willing to listen to offers for the young slugger, something that all teams do with all of their players. There is no motivation to trade Stanton on behalf of the Marlins because Stanton is the only reason for Marlins fans to buy tickets, and he is also very cheap and controllable. It won’t be until Stanton’s salary is raised through arbitration that the Marlins will legitimately begin fielding offers.

    Besides, Stanton would cost 3 high-level prospects, which would be the Rangers equivalent of Jurickson Profar, Mike Olt, and Martin Perez, and that probably wouldn’t even get a trade done either. The point being that the Angels don’t even have the quality of prospects to make such an offer for a player of Stanton’s caliber.

    Get realistic.

    This article is simply baffling.

    • RallyMonkeyUSA

      Would u rather have a “high level prospect” or a proven 30 home run smasher who basically put up the same numbers as Stanton and can play 1b? Don’t forget that this was trumbos second year. I can bet u he will match Stanton throughout his career in home run and RBI production. Stanton will no doubt have higher batting avg and obp but the idea of trading trumbo, and the minor leagues 2nd best first base prospect for Stanton isn’t so far fetched. Mike olt is obviously not who the rangers thought he was judging by their attempts to trade him. I doubt profar will turn out to be any better than andrus and Perez has a what era? That’s what I thought.

      • Mike G.

        Trumbo is far, far away from a PROVEN masher. In the second half of 2012, Mark Trumbo nearly posted the league’s lowest contact rate for the month of August at only 63%, and struck out 36% of his at bats. Trumbo’s definitely a promising power hitter, but he basically fell off of the map in the second half of 2012. Trumbo is still extremely streaky with below-average defense, as indicated by his career -7.7 UZR. Yet you state the fact that Trumbo can play 1B like that’s a plus, when in reality that’s the contrary, due to positional scarcity. Whereas premium positions like SS, CF, and C are a much more valuable commodity. I’m sorry, but a trade offer with two primary first basemen is far from legitimate offer for Stanton. Also, Trumbo’s time service clock has already begun, whereas Profar, Olt and Perez have considerably less service time at the MLB level, meaning that Trumbo’s arbitration days will come sooner than the Rangers’ aforementioned prospects. Paying players higher salaries is obviously something that the Marlins are not in favor of. And I don’t know if you’ve read any scouting reports on Jurickson Profar, but many scouts have mentioned that they not only see an All-Star SS in the making, but that future MVP races will come down to Trout vs. Profar. Those are pretty lofty predictions, the likes of which scouts don’t make unless they are fairly certain at the outcome of a prospect and their tools and makeup. Profar’s a switch-hitting SS, whose only 19-years old, was clocked at 95 mph from the mound as a 16-year old, projects to have plus defense from a defensively demanding position, and has surprising power despite his lanky frame. When Profar matures and puts more weight onto his body, expect a 20-30 HR a year SS. How common are those? Especially those who are so young and talented across the board? Also, Martin Perez is still a 21-year old left-handed starting pitcher. Why in the world would you put any merit into his ERA when he was given sporadic spot starts and relief opportunities last season as a rookie?

        No offense, but go do some research before making such outlandish claims.

        The trade offer of Trumbo, Cron, etc. is truly ridiculous.

        Seriously, go post this trade scenario elsewhere and see how quickly you get shot down.

        • Chase Kimura

          Ooooh pissy Rangers fan

          • Chase Kimura

            But I do agree, there’s no way in hell the Angels get Stanton

  • http://www.facebook.com/jimrad07 Jim Radley

    This “writer” has a long history writing pure hyperbol. Just attention seeking to make up for his lack of journalistic skills. Cant make it as a real writer so he goes for splashy meaningless headlines. Time to seek a new writer, someone who can at least write something with substance. Same idiot who stated the should keep Calhoun who is 25 down in the minors for more experience until when? 30 years of age?. Geez dude, work on it. Your quickly becoming an irrelevant source of news if you want to even call it that. Tomorrows headline “Fox might sell the Angels to Hugo Chavez”. I would not be surprised.

  • Double_Up

    Will everyone trade for Stanton? Honestly, every day there is a story that team A B C D should/will trade for Stanton.