Updated 01:53 PM EDT, Wed, Sep 23, 2020

MLB Trade Rumors: Giancarlo Stanton Could Be Traded After 2014 Season; Not Ready to Commit to Miami Marlins

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MLB All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton might not be ready yet to make a longterm commitment with the Miami Marlins after asking the franchise to wait for one more season before engaging in talks on a possible contract extension.

Stanton, who is arguably the face of the Marlins franchise, has been linked to several trade scenarios, particularly on a possible negotiation between Miami and the defending World Series champion Boston Red Sox.

Loaded with MLB-ready farm talent, the Red Sox are viewed as an ideal landing spot for the power hitting Stanton because of their ability to send quality assets to Marlins and provide a lucrative offer for the All-Star hitter.

But several sources indicated the Marlins seem uninterested in parting ways with Stanton, and they are reportedly even planning to lock down the youngster for more seasons.

However, Miami front office officials found out that signing a longterm deal with Stanton might not be easy at all after the slugger asked for a one-year grace period for him to decide on his future with the franchise.

"Before making the plunge, Stanton very respectfully admitted in the interview here that he'd 'need a season' seeing the team before contemplating locking himself into anything long term. Can't blame him there," CBS Sports baseball insider John Heyman reported on Monday.

The Marlins have control of Stanton through the next three seasons, but signing him to a longterm deal this early would allow the team to buy out his future arbitration years. On the other hand, trading Stanton so soon would also give them the ability to demand more quality players in exchange.

"Stanton is under team control through 2016, so there is no need for the Marlins to feel a ton of urgency yet. The sooner they sign a deal, however, the better their chances of getting a good value by buying out future arbitration years," Sports Illustrated's Fan Sided reported.

Baseball analysts predicted the Marlins could eventually be forced to trade Stanton if the slugger decides to turn down the contract extension.

The 24-year-old Stanton batted .249 with 24 homers and 62 RBIs last season. Throughout his four-year career, Stanton has hit .265 with 117 homers and 294 RBIs.

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