MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton claimed a big offseason prize on Thursday night, being named National League Most Valuable Player. It was the latest in a long list of awards the All-Star right fielder has received for his remarkable 2017 season.With the MVP decided, what's next for Stanton is still unsettled.
MIAMI -- Giancarlo Stanton claimed a big offseason prize on Thursday night, being named National League Most Valuable Player. It was the latest in a long list of awards the All-Star right fielder has received for his remarkable 2017 season.
With the MVP decided, what's next for Stanton is still unsettled. The Marlins continue to explore trade options for the slugger, who says he'd prefer to remain in Miami under the right circumstances.
"It's an interesting feeling and situation for me," Stanton said. "This is the only place I've known. But I also understand the business part of it and the direction that new ownership wants to go and they're feeling it out and we're going to try to figure out a plan here."
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Drafted in the second round by the Marlins in 2007, Stanton broke in as a 20-year-old in 2010, and he holds the franchise record for home runs (267) and RBIs (672).
Stanton is the first Marlins player to be named NL MVP, selected by the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He also received the Players Choice Award for Outstanding Player in the National League. And he's the NL winner of the Hank Aaron Award, as well as a Silver Slugger recipient. Although he didn't win, Stanton was a Gold Glove Award finalist.
Stanton had arguably the greatest individual season in Marlins history. He paced the Major Leagues in home runs (59) and RBIs (132) -- both establishing club marks. But the Marlins finished 77-85, and new ownership is considering reworking the roster and building a stronger overall organization.
Stanton is set to make $25 million in 2018, and he's owed $295 million over the next 10 years of his deal. He prefers to not be a part of a rebuild, which increases the chances he will be moved.
The Marlins remain active in discussions with at least a half-dozen teams regarding Stanton. The Giants and Cardinals are believed to have strong interest, and the Dodgers are an option, although it's unclear how seriously. The Red Sox could be more of a long shot.
Complicating the process is the fact Stanton has a full no-trade clause.
At the General Managers Meetings in Orlando on Wednesday, Marlins chief executive officer Derek Jeter noted the club is willing to listen on all players. But Jeter added that no one from the organization has announced Stanton will be dealt.
"We'll listen on all players," Jeter said. "I'm not going to name anyone specifically. I think that's kind of disrespectful to the particular players. But we're willing to listen. Obviously, we're trying to improve the franchise. It's been unacceptable. The team hasn't won. We want to build a team that has an opportunity to win. So therefore, yeah, we're going to explore all the options."
If the Marlins address their pitching, Stanton said he would prefer to remain in Miami.
"Yes, but [it] needs to be thoroughly addressed, not just somewhat addressed," Stanton said. "It needs to be a huge push now."
Jeter, who attended the Marlins' annual Turkey Distribution on Friday, didn't get into anything specifically related to the direction of the Marlins' roster, but he did respond to Stanton winning NL MVP.
"The season that Giancarlo had is one that you don't see very often from any player," Jeter said. "For him to have a year that was special like this, I can't think of a more deserving award, a deserving recipient of the MVP Award than Giancarlo."
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.