Back in May I wrote that the Miami Marlins have a Giancarlo Stanton problem. This was before he won the MVP, before the 59 home runs, and before Derek Jeter took over. Miami's Stanton problem was different back then. People forget this but as recently as May Stanton wasn't allllll that. He was still good, but he wasn't worth the 10 years and $295 million left on his contract starting in 2018.
BEFORE 2017, Stanton's only real dominant season was 2014. That year he hit .288/.395/.555 with a league leading 37 homers. For comparison in 2017 he hit .281/.376/.631 with a league leading 59 homers, blowing 2014 out of the water. But other than that? He was either "pretty good" or he was hurt. In fact he only played in at least 125 games TWICE in six years entering this season. He had never even hit 40 homers either, topping out at 37 twice. Definitely not worth the money still owed to him, hense Miami's problem.
But then what happened? Stanton caught absolute fire, and along the way became THE story of baseball's second half in 2017. We haven't seen anything like it...ever. This dude hit 23 homers in 35 games at one point. Like what the fuck! If you're new Marlins owner Derek Jeter you have to be feeling GREAT about this. You want to trade Stanton and shed payroll, and due to his record setting performance it's the perfect time to sell.
Teams should be going nuts over Stanton, offering more and more prospects as the process goes on. Instead it looks like Jeter is going to have to trade Stanton for pennies on the dollar basically. That's because Stanton has all the say. He can do whatever he wants. And he has. He was originally open to trades that would send him to St. Louis or San Francisco, so Miami's front office made deals with both those teams. Then Stanton said to himself "you know what, nah". And he refused to waive his no-trade clause!
Now he's saying he will only accept a trade to one of four teams: Yankees, Dodgers, Astros, or Cubs. Those teams (and Stanton) have all the leverage. They know they won't have to give up as many good prospects...or take on as much salary. It's a buyers market. There's low demand.
And that's why the Marlins are fucked. Derek Jeter's first move as Marlins owner was going to be to slash some payroll, and in the process recoup as much prospect value/salary relief as possible. He's screwed though. He threatened Stanton that if he didn't waive his no-trade clause then he would be stuck on a terrible Miami team (once again). So Stanton took back control of this process, limiting the Marlins potential trade process. Their problem this time is even worse than their problem back in May. What a disaster of a start to the Jeter era.
EDIT: Stanton to the Yankees. Return package was underwhelming. Marlins still fucked.