The Miami Marlins so far this year have made me feel decent about the major league product the Cubs have on the field, and that's saying something. Just last year they changed location, new stadium, new manager, and went on a free agent craze in an attempt to compete immediately. It didn't take long for everything they had to come crashing down around them. The overpaid team underperformed, their drunken idiotic manager (Ozzie that bum) publicly supported Fidel castro in heavily Cuban populated Miami and lead to the blockbuster deal to the Blue Jays.
What the Marlins are left with today is one if the best young bats in the game in Giancarlo Stanton, pretty much their only impact player not to be dealt, and with good reason. The guy has insane potential, so they wouldn't trade the best young building piece they have, would they? Well general manager Michael Hill has said that the Marlins are not shopping Stanton, however they would "listen" to offers for him. Stanton being both an immediate and future lift to any team will have a tremendous amount of trade value. Not to mention Stanton voiced his displeasure after the Toronto trade, and would probably love to be traded elsewhere.
Could the Cubs actually make a run at Stanton? Well it's tough to say. I have read that the Cubs "inquired" wether or not he was available, if there is any truth to that I have no clue. If it is true, the Cubs are far from the only team with interest. It would take a pretty impressive package to get Stanton. Do I think the Cubs could put together that package? Yes absolutely, between our top 3 prospects i think the Marlins would go for it. but dont go thinking Theo and Jed are going to send every valuable piece of the farm system for one guy. That would be idiotic. My hope is that they could center a deal around Javier Baez and sprinkle in some other decent prospects like Dan Vogelbach or Jemier Calandario, some lower profile guys that would give the Marlins a deeper system; while at the same time holding on to Almora and Soler. Is it likely? Not by a long shot, but I'm going to hold hope because I'm a cubs fan and its what I do. Honestly if he is traded I'm just keeping my fingers crossed its not to the cardinals, because they could also pull the trade off and it would be horrific to see him play for our division rival.