The Miami Marlins were once a team that had tremendous potential. The team consisted of the likes of Dee Gordon, Jose Fernandez, Giancarlo Stanton, Christian Yelich, J.T. Realmuto and Marcell Ozuna but they were never able to put it together which resulted in them not reaching the playoffs. Even with a top tier ace in Fernandez, the Marlins pitching behind him struggled which was the Achilles heel of the team.

Once Fernandez’s tragic passing occurred, all things trended down from there as former owner Jeffery Loria sold the team to a group led by Derek Jeter which resulted in him tearing the team down. Gordon was shipped to Seattle, Stanton to the Yankees, Ozuna to the Cardinals and despite wanting to hold onto Yelich and Realmuto to build around them, they demanded a trade and Jeter ended up caving to their demands.

The return for Realmuto was a decent one as it netted them Jorge Alfaro, a top prospect in Sixto Sanchez who looks like a future quality rotation piece, $250,000 in international bonus pool money as well as a minor leaguer. So was the package they got for Ozuna which got them Sandy Alcantara, another solid rotation arm, Zac Gallen which netted them additional prospects in a separate trade, as well as two others.

While those trades were fine, the packages they got for Yelich and Stanton were less than ideal. Trading Yelich to the Brewers got them Lewis Brinson, Isan Diaz, Monte Harrison and Jordan Yamamoto. Brinson has struggled to .192/.241/.297 slash line, Diaz has so far slashed .176/.257/.303 in a Marlins uniform, Harrison just made his debut this year but doesn’t necessarily look like someone Miami can rely on when they become competitive and while Yamamoto can be apart of the rotation in the future, he has lots to work on. All of this was for Yelich who has tormented the baseball since arriving in Milwaukee which included winning NL MVP in 2018.

The return for Stanton was even worse as it brought Starlin Castro and two prospects in Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers. Castro wasn’t able to get the Marlins a prospect down the road, Guzman just made his MLB debut and his minor league stats are nothing to write about while Devers looks like he could maybe be a bench player in the majors as he develops and gets older.

This trade was made just months after Stanton was named MVP where he led all of MLB in home runs with 59 bombs along with 132 RBIs while slashing .281/.376/.631 with an OPS of 1.107 in 159 games. The move was made with the purpose of dumping Stanton’s salary as the Marlins didn’t want to pay an average of $25 million each year until his contract expired after the 2027 season. Still the return could have been much better considering Stanton just won MVP.

While the return was subpar at best, the Marlins made the right decision to ship him out of Miami. Ever since Stanton joined the Yankees, he’s struggled to stay on the field playing in just 32 games since the beginning of the 2019 season. While he did play 158 games in 2018, he struck out a career-high 211 times and didn’t make the all-star game.

Ever since his injury marred 2019 season which saw him play only 18 games, media sources were reporting that the Yankees were already trying to move on from Stanton by seeking a trade partner to get rid of his contract. Stanton is currently on the injured list which he has made a home out of for a good part of his career. With Stanton owed $208 million for the next seven years, the Yankees are most likely stuck with his contract as he will be hard to move.

Since he joined the Bronx Bombers, he’s combined for an OPS of .867 which is a significant drop from his OPS of .914 that he accumulated in his tenure in Miami. Unless Stanton can avoid multiple trips to the injured list and put up better numbers in pinstripes, the Marlins made the right decision to move on from him.

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