You Wouldn't Like Giancarlo When He's Angry

Monday, November 19, 2012

So much for that "all this money the Marlins are saving can go towards a long-term deal for Giancarlo Stanton" silver lining...
"I do not like this at all," Stanton said days after Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, and others were traded to the Toronto Blue Jays for spare parts and minor leaguers.

"They talked about that, a winning philosophy, and how they were building a winner to play in the new ballpark," he continued, referring to the spending spree before the 2012 season that brought Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and Heath Bell to South Florida. "They talked about how they'd have Jose and [Emilio Bonifacio] and Hanley [Ramirez] in front of me and how they would go get a bat to protect me. Jose, Bonifacio, Hanley ... all three are gone now."
Stanton has four years left on his initial contract, so there is plenty of time for detente, but I'm guessing the Marlins will have to do a lot to regain their credibility with him (if that is even possible). I totally understand his frustration, though. It is hard to justify extending a contract with a club that is unlikely to keep its long-term promises. I'm going to enjoy watching Sr. Monsterdong while I can, but be totally prepared for the day when he leaves, voluntarily or not.

I have less sympathy for Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle, who reportedly are upset that (SHOCKINGLY!) the Marlins reneged on verbal no-trade promises. Don't these guys have agents? Who can negotiate things like no-trade clauses? It's hard to see why anyone would trust the words of Jeffrey Loria or David Samson, but Reyes and Buehrle did for some reason. Buy another expensive car, Jose, you'll feel better.

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