The Miami Marlins have become synonymous with firesales throughout Major League Baseball, and participated in another one this past November, when the Marlins shipped Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson and Mark Buehrle to Toronto in exchange for prospects.
Though the Marlins haven't traded him and probably won't, the team is willing to listen to offers on All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Baseball fans, however, should not get bent out of shape over this, as it is commonplace for teams to listen to offers on any player.
Marlins vice president of player personnel Dan Jennings explained the team's logic on SiriusXM radio:
"In Giancarlo Stanton you've got a 22 year old guy that we think going forward has got a chance to be a .300 hitter and [hit] 50 home runs and be a guy that is a big-time run producer. So while we're not shopping him, certainly not looking to move him, yeah, if someone knocked on our door and said, 'Hey, would you guys consider this and this and this,' you have to listen."
If the Marlins decide to actively shop Stanton, there's no doubt that they could receive a lucrative package involving some of the premium prospects in all of baseball.
Still, it seems extremely unlikely that the Marlins will receive an offer to their liking for their young superstar. Fans should expect Stanton to remain with the Marlins for the foreseeable future.