Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton is on a hot streak the likes of which baseball has rarely seen.
In his last 34 games, Stanton has 22 home runs and 43 RBIs. He hit his MLB-leading 43rd home run on Monday, his 10th homer in 11 games, and set a new single-season franchise record.
Normally, production like that might spark an ?untouchable? claim by his team. But he plays for the Marlins.
With that in mind, offshore sportsbook Bookmaker.eu has created odds on whether Stanton will indeed be dealt in August:
Will Giancarlo Stanton be traded before September 1, 2017?
Yes +1300 (risk $100 to win $1,300)
No -4500 (risk $4,500 to win $100)
Stanton is in his eighth MLB season, but he?s still just 27 -- in his prime. He has 251 career dingers and is having his best season, batting .283 with 43 homers, 93 RBIs and 89 runs scored.
Stanton cleared waivers on Sunday, which means the Marlins can trade him to any team this month.
Why in the world would the Marlins trade him? It?s all about finances.
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Stanton signed a 13-year, $325 million deal that runs through 2027, a contract that owes him $77 million over the next three seasons before an opt-out clause kicks in. Any team that trades for him has to accept the possibility of paying the man a lot of money for a long time.
According to one report, four teams have reached out to the Marlins regarding Stanton. One of those teams was supposedly the Yankees.
Dayn Perry of CBS Sports speculates that other teams that may be involved include the Giants, Cubs, Phillies and Dodgers.
PICK: Trading Stanton would relinquish the team of a huge contract, but also of its face.
Miami -- historically known as being frugal with its dough -- has chosen a new ownership group that includes by former Yankees legend Derek Jeter.
If I were buying a MLB team (I can dream, right?), I would prefer to make the choice regarding the star player, rather than an outgoing owner.
While teams may have interest, it?s also a huge commitment to make in August. Don?t be surprised if both sides ultimately choose to resume talks in winter.
Go with No.