The Miami Marlins, under the new leadership of Derek Jeter, are looking to unload 2017 NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, and one of the top destinations is San Francisco. The Giants are coming off one of the worst seasons in franchise history, finishing with a 64-98 record and the second overall pick in the 2018 Draft. The Marlins have come out and stated that there are frameworks in place for trades with the Giants as well as the St. Louis Cardinals, with the teams now waiting on Stanton to choose which team he ultimately joins. While the details for the trade to the Giants are not currently public, it’s always fun to speculate. Here are two possible trades, along with some breakdown.
The centerpieces going to the Marlins in this scenario are Panik and Beede. Panik has made a name for himself as one of the better second basemen in the MLB, earning a Gold Glove in 2016 and being named an All-Star in 2015. Panik also showed improvement at the plate in 2017, batting .288 and slugging a career high 10 homers for a Giants team riddled with injuries and inconsistency. Beede is one of the top pitching prospects in the Giants organization., but is coming off a rough 2017 with AAA Sacramento. Beede was the 14th overall pick in the 2014 Draft out of Vanderbilt, where he won the 2014 College World Series. Gomez is also a top prospect. The middle infielder is the 23rd best prospect in the Giants organization according to MLB.com. Personally, I think giving up Panik would be a bad move for the Giants. Panik was one of the bright spots in a terrible season, and has the potential to be the anchor of any infield he is a part of. If the Giants can acquire Stanton without giving up Panik, that should be a top priority.
Here’s a scenario that does not involve Panik. However, it involves three of the top 15 prospects in their system, including the #1 and #3 prospect. Once again, Beede is invloved in the trade, but this time he’s joined by MLB.com’s top rated Giants prospect, infielder Christian Arroyo. Arroyo is seen as the future third baseman at AT&T Park, but the opportunity to trade for a player like Giancarlo Stanton does not come up often. Quinn is one of the plethora of top Giants outfield prospects. Quinn is currently in Class A after being selected in the thrid round of the 2016 Draft. The 22-year-old slugged 10 homers in 75 games last season. This situation would be more favorable for the Giants, but it would take a small miracle to get the Marlins to agree to a trade without Panik involved in the deal.
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