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That Giancarlo Stanton to the Phillies Rumor? Almost Certainly Not Happening

Feb 19, 2013, 3:15 PM EDT

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The hot rumor floating around the Internet today is the
Phillies are aggressively pursuing a trade with the Miami Marlins for Giancarlo
Stanton. It might be fun to talk about, but dream on.

The report apparently originated on WIP, and quickly created
a buzz
on Twitter. However, critics have already begun poking holes
in the story – for starters, the source of the information.

Stanton’s name has been brought up in local conversation
before though, ever since the Marlins conducted that off-season fire sale. But
here’s the thing: even if the All-Star right fielder is available, the Phillies
wouldn’t have a shot.

Even assuming Philadelphia had the pieces to blow Miami’s
front office away – which for starters, they don’t – why would they trade this
kid within the division? It’s not like there is a shortage of franchises
interested in acquiring a Giancarlo Stanton.

Stanton is only 23, so trading him to an NL East rival
pretty much guarantees the Marlins would be seeing him 18 times a year for the
next decade. They make some wild moves, but if they want to compete, like,
ever, this one makes no sense.

I can’t imagine the Marlins are in any rush to part with
Stanton anyway. He’s not arbitration eligible until next year, and won’t reach
free agency until 2017. When Stanton goes anywhere, it will be on the
organization’s terms.

Update: Glen Macnow has taken to Twitter to defend station’s role in starting the rumor.