The Marlins reportedly threatened Giancarlo Stanton with another rebuild if he rejects trade

  • Giancarlo Stanton has a full no-trade clause that could stand in the way of the Miami Marlins' plan to shed payroll.
  • While he has reportedly told the the Marlins that the Los Angeles Dodgers are his No. 1 choice, the team has given him an ultimatum: accept a trade or play for a stripped-down roster.
  • The Giants and the Cardinals are said to have already made official offers for Stanton.


With Giancarlo Stanton's full no-trade clause looming as a potential roadblock to making a deal, the Miami Marlins are using every bit of leverage they have in an effort to move their star right fielder.

The Marlins are reportedly trying to reduce their 2018 payroll from a projected $140 million to around $90 million, and trading Stanton, who is owed $25 million in 2018, seems to be the most straightforward path to reaching that goal. His massive contract runs through the 2028 season, and while he can opt out and become a free agent after 2020, that's not a commitment new team owners Derek Jeter and Bruce Sherman are comfortable with.

But Stanton has a say in where he ends up, and that's where things start to get hairy. According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, Stanton wants to go to his hometown team, the Los Angeles Dodgers. With the promise of a Southern California homecoming and the team's streak of five consecutive division titles, the allure of Chavez Ravine is easy to see.

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JUPITER, FL - MARCH 01: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins runs during a workout at Roger Dean Stadium on March l, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 14: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins looks on prior to a MLB game against the Houston Astros at Marlins Park on April 14, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
May 2, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) breaks his bat after connecting for an RBI single during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
May 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is unable to field a double from Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins reacts as he bats in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is carted off the field after getting hit by a pitch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton smiles during a press conference at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (middle) waves to the crowd as he is awarded the Hank Aaron Award by newly elected commissioner Rob Manfred (left) and Hank Aaron before game four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins reacts as he bats in the quarterfinals during the All Star Game home run derby at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins holds the trophy after winning the All Star Game home run derby at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is unable to make a catch off of Washington Nationals second baseman Stephen Drew (not pictured) during the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is seen wearing Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez number on his jersey while walking back to the dugout during the first inning against New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 19, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Miami Marlins designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates his solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins during batting practice one day before the 2017 MLB All Star Game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; From left Miami Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton , MLB commissioner Rob Manfred , Hank Aaron and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve at the Hank Aaron Award press conference before game two of the 2017 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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But according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, the Marlins have given Stanton an ultimatum: accept the trade the Marlins want or prepare to be the only big-name player in yet another potentially lengthy rebuilding project.

If Stanton clings to his no-trade clause for the entire offseason, the Marlins will be forced to shed other contracts to meet their target payroll. Trading Dee Gordon, Marcell Ozuna, and Christian Yelich, all Silver Slugger winners, would at least get them down to around $112 million. As good as Stanton is — he was named National League MVP earlier this month — it would be close to impossible for him to carry a team with so many holes in its lineup.

It's a deft negotiating tactic by the Marlins. Stanton has gone on record as saying that he does not want to be part of a rebuild next year; now, he must choose between accepting a trade or going back on his previous statements.

Unfortunately for him, the Dodgers have not been among the teams most frequently connected to the trade discussions. They'd certainly benefit from his power, but with Yasiel Puig, Chris Taylor, Joc Pederson, and Andrew Toles all under contract, improving the outfield isn't exactly a top priority.

Meanwhile, two other teams, the Giants and the Cardinals, have reportedly made official offers for the slugger, giving Miami options as the hot stove continues to warm up. Stanton's feelings on those destinations are unknown, but they don't figure to be particularly attractive to him. The Giants are coming off a 64-98 campaign, and while the Cardinals are a model organization, the city of St. Louis doesn't have much in common Los Angeles.

Whatever happens, the rest of the league will be watching closely — it seems that Stanton and the Japanese phenom Shohei Otani have caused teams to hold off on other offseason moves while these generational stars make their decisions. MLB's annual winter meetings are set to kick off on December 10.

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J.D. Martinez, RF

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Shohei Otani, RHP/OF

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Alex Avila, C

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Tyler Chatwood, RHP

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CC Sabathia, LHP

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Yu Darvish, RHP

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Carlos Gonzalez, RF

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Eduardo Nunez, IF

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Greg Holland, RHP

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Brandon Kintzler, RHP

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Andrew Cashner, RHP

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Lance Lynn, RHP

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Jay Bruce, RF

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Neil Walker, 2B

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Carlos Gomez, CF

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Tony Watson, LHP

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Jonathan Lucroy, C

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Pat Neshek, RHP

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Jake Arrieta, RHP

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Addison Reed, RHP

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Carlos Santana, 1B

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Mike Moustakas, 3B

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Logan Morrison, 3B

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Lorenzo Cain, CF

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Jake McGee, LHP

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Zack Cozart, SS

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Wade Davis, RHP

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Alex Cobb, RHP

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Eric Hosmer, 1B

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Todd Frazier, 3B

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