How happy is Giancarlo Stanton? What's the feeling he would OK a deal somewhere? I know he bought a place in Miami.
Stanton was certainly blunt with how he felt after the Marlins dropped two of three to the last-place Phillies and went 1-5 on the first homestand coming out of the All-Star break. He noted that he has accomplished things individually, but it doesn't mean as much to him if the club isn't winning.
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This has been a rough year for Miami, and it started with the 10-18 collapse in May, after which the Marlins took a 21-30 record into June. At 42-51, they are again nine games under .500, and the club is about to go into a rebuild. Stanton has a full no-trade clause in his contract, which runs through 2027 with a club option for '28. He can opt out after '20. Stanton is set to make $25 million next season. If the club is rebuilding, he may be open to a trade to a contender.
Depending on how the sale of the team goes, what could payroll potentially look like next year? Is a fire sale imminent?
The saga surrounding the sale of the club has been going on since last December, and it remains a guess when it will be completed. I wouldn't be surprised if it lasts into the offseason. From what I hear, there is a strong desire to include Derek Jeter as part of the new ownership. Reports are Jeter and potential buyer Jorge Mas have thus far been unable to get together. I'm not sure any sale will go through without Jeter, at least short-term.
As the ownership situation continues, the front office is prepared to make deals. Reliever David Phelps was dealt to Seattle on Thursday. Closer AJ Ramos will likely be next. Regarding the payroll for 2018, that would depend on how much of the controllable core returns.
Is Justin Bour on the trade market?
Until there is a change in directive, the Marlins are maintaining they don't intend to move any of their "controllable core" players. Bour fits into that category, along with Stanton, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and J.T. Realmuto. Bour has been a bargain at what he's making this year, $552,500, and he will become eligible for arbitration for the first time after the season. Unless the return is significant, Bour isn't likely to be dealt -- at least by the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. In the offseason, things could change, depending on the team's direction.
If the Marlins go into a rebuild, how long will they stick with Don Mattingly as manager?
Mattingly is in the second of a four-year deal that expires after the 2019 season. There's plenty of uncertainty right now within the organization, regarding which players will be dealt and of course who will own the club in '18. We're not through the non-waiver Trade Deadline yet, so it's way too early to speculate on Mattingly, who may be open to being part of the rebuilding.
Seems some Double-A Jacksonville players are doing well at the moment. How is the health/depth of the Minors relative to guys ready to play next year?
We'll start looking more at the Minor Leagues as more trades are made. We've already seen third baseman Brian Anderson get promoted from Jacksonville to Triple-A New Orleans. He could be a September callup. Outfielder Braxton Lee, acquired in the trade with Tampa Bay for Adeiny Hechavarria, is getting closer to being big league ready.