After the Miami Marlins completed a gigantic payroll purge in a trade with the Toronto Blue Jays last week, at least five teams have inquired about the availability of young star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
The Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo reports that the New York Yankees, Boston Red Sox, Philadelphia Phillies, Baltimore Orioles, the Chicago Cubs "and many more" have all asked about the 23-year-old Stanton's availability.
From Cafardo's report:
"Commissioner Bud Selig is watching the Marlins closely after the salary dump in the Blue Jays deal. While Selig did not step in to change or block that trade, he may not look too fondly upon a deal for the Marlins’ biggest draw. Teams would have to give their very best to the Marlins for baseball’s best young slugger. The Phillies, Red Sox, Yankees, Orioles, Cubs, and many more are inquiring, according to a major league source."
In just his third full season, Stanton hit 37 homers last season in 123 games with a .969 OPS. He would likely bring a coup of prospects to Miami if the organization decided to trade him. Last week, Selig approved the Marlins' salary-dump trade, which sent All-Star shortstop Jose Reyes, pitchers Mark Buehrle and Josh Johnson, catcher John Buck and outfielder Emilio Bonifacio to the Blue Jays for seven players. The trade saved the Marlins $146.5 million in payroll. Stanton will be eligible for arbitration following the 2013 season, but he would be under club control until the 2016 season.