According to Brett Taylor of Bleacher Nation, it’s important to “remember ‘inquiring’ about a player is only slightly more than nothing. Teams talk to other teams about players all the time.” He’s absolutely right, but that has never stopped fans from talking about innumerable “What If” scenarios. Giancarlo Stanton to the Chicago Cubs would be a major “What If” scenario. From my part, it would be a disastrous “What If” scenario.
The Cubs undeniably need major talent as they continue to overhaul their mostly porous roster. Stanton, 23, would fit the bill directly for what the Cubs would be looking for. However, what the Cubs would ultimately have to give up –Anthony Rizzo or Starlin Castro plus others– would seemingly be in direct opposition to what the Cubs’ brass is trying to do –stock the farm system with talent. Stanton is a great talent, but the timing just isn’t right for the Cubs to make a move like that. This is a good time to remind everyone that this potential trade is not in any degree of happening –unless there is a bombshell report that we’ve all been missing.
Stanton’s “availability” broke when he expressed displeasure over the Florida Marlins’ blockbuster trade that saw them send $100 million plus in talent to the Toronto Blue Jays –along with any kind of legitimate playoff hopes. You can’t blame the guy. The Marlins set cornerstones in place to be a contender for years to come (even if 2012 was a disappointment) and advertised that as such only to pull the chair out from under everyone else on the team by bailing on the whole operation. I’d want out too.
The Marlins haven’t said that Stanton is actually available to begin with, so all these inquiries might just be a; “Hey, just in case you were planning on trading your all-star talent, and since you just got done trading all your other all-star talent, we, the –insert team of choice– wanted to express interest.” My guess is that just about every single team in baseball at least made a call.
At the end of the day, I’d be shocked if this deal actually came to fruition. I also think the Cubs would have to give up too much to snag Stanton. It isn’t that Stanton isn’t worth it, it’s that the Cubs have way more fish (marlins?) to fry before they think about something like the above.
Should the Cubs pursue this possibility? Or should they run in the opposite direction?
Brian is a lifelong Chicago Cubs fan, having lived in Illinois his entire life and having followed Major League Baseball throughout.
Cubs ‘Inquire’ About Stanton