|GRANTLAND.com: The Triangle|
Less than a year after taking the Hot Stove League by storm less than seven months after opening a new, $634 million stadium built through the bamboozling of local government and taxpayers, a deal so shady that it resulted in an SEC probe the Marlins plan to slash payroll and that’s less than four months after they already dumped a bunch of money by trading away a former franchise player. For years, the Fish have been a reliable source of top-flight, homegrown talent, and a reliable distributor of said talent to other clubs.
[Giancarlo] Stanton is a professional obliterator of baseballs, a 6-foot-5, 245-pound behemoth who blasted homers at a rate of 49 per 162 games in 2012. He’s only 23, he’s going to win a bunch of home run titles and the Marlins are going to find a reason to trade him before Opening Day 2015.