I've been asked a few times over the last couple of days what it would cost for Giancarlo Stanton. Recently there have been a few rumors that the Marlins would listen on Stanton. These sound very similar to the Justin Upton rumors that always come up. A young superstar is mentioned in trade rumors and soon enough every team's message board has trade ideas for how their team can acquire the young star. Most of those offers are way off. As an example, I was given a "Jameson Taillon, Gregory Polanco, and Kyle McPherson" suggestion recently. That's a top pitching prospect, a top hitting prospect, and a good pitching prospect. Unfortunately that wouldn't come close.
I don't normally do trade value posts for players who aren't linked to the Pirates in a rumor. In this case I figured I would look at the trade value for Stanton, just to paint a picture of the insane cost of a trade.
To start things off, remember Andrew McCutchen before his extension? It was a little over a year ago that ...
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