I have read all the interviews with NH with him saying the offers were insane and bordering on stupid or whatever but if these reports are true PIRATE fans should be thanking the baseball gods that the Marlins owner refused to move Stanton. I don't know who their owner is but I thank you and you are crazy for not taking the offers.
There have been 2 reports floating around. A "team source" revealed to Marlin Maniac that NH offered:
Gerrit Cole, Starlin Marte as well as prospects Jameson Taillon as well as Stetson Allie. The Marlins would of course send us Stanton as well as A player named Steve Cishek and Justin Ruggiano in return. I don't know to much about other teams prospects unless they are in our division, regardless I feel like NH offered to much and this trade had it went through would have ruined our depth that we have leaned on all year to swing for the fences with Stanton.
According to a source with the Marlins they are planning on locking up Stanton with a deal reported to be 8 yrs and 140 million. If Stanton declines that offer then they will try and move him which will not happen because I doubt that Stanton says no to that much money and getting to play and live in South Beach plus I doubt that any other team could give a better deal than what NH offered. I also did not like other GM telling the PIRATES to swing for the fences because of the the 20 year drought and the two collapses in 2011 and 2012. Rival GM and teams know that the PIRATES farm system is loaded with good young talent at all levels and would love to not have to deal with Cole, Locke and Taillon at the front of our rotation with more power arms in the lower levels. I keep imagining the Marlins with a rotation of Cole, Taillon and the Fernandez kid we just saw who mowed through our line-up like it was nothing. I don't know if this is the same ownership in the past with the Marlins who traded away their stars and got elite young talent back and a couple of years later they win the World Series. I wanted Stanton more than any other PIRATE fan but that cost was entirely to high. I was OK with losing Polanco and the deal being built around him but ripping through the system that took 5 years to build would have made no sense. Yes we would have Stanton for several seasons but I just don't see that PIRATES ever paying a player 140 million dollars. Every trading deadline we hear about how NH holds onto his elite prospects like they are his own sons asking for everything but only willing to give a little. It sounds like he took these others GM advice and went for broke. I know we are in desperate need of a RF but not like this, the cost was entirely to high. I don't understand what their ownership was thinking, that's getting dollar for dollar for your superstar which hardly ever happens in any trade in any sport. If I was a Marlins fan I would be pissed.
Great pitching is like having a great defense in the NFL, it travels with you on the road and can win you a championship.