ESPN's Jim Bowden first suggested it. And it can still become a reality this offseason.
The Miami Marlins are not known to hand out no-trade clauses to potential free agents or players who they want to extend, but the organization may have to make an exception for Giancarlo Stanton. Miami will begin extension talks with its start right fielder this November, and MLB.com's Joe Frisaro reiterated what Bowden said in September.
Stanton is coming off of a season during which he posted a .288/.395/.555 line to complement 37 home runs and 105 RBIs. He is likely going to request a six or seven year deal where he is earning between $20 and $25 million a season. Although he first wanted to see if Miami can win consistently before he signs a long term deal, Stanton can still pursue other options moving forward. The Red Sox and Dodgers are among the squads interested in him.
The organization has been criticized for not giving no-trade clauses in the past, and much of the criticism came after the fire sale trade with Toronto just a season after Jose Reyes and Mark Buehrle were among those signed to long term deals. Financially, the Marlins may not be too far off. They are willing to increase the payroll, and if Stanton wants to stay in South Florida, the contract will likely be there. It is the instability that may make him reconsider.
Despite their history, the Marlins likely wouldn't trade Stanton, pending significant roster changes, if he was signed to a long term contract. But that lack of security has been enough to keep other free agents away from Miami, and could be enough for him to decline Miami's offer.
Stanton will likely have to be the first player in Marlins history to receive a no-trade clause. And that could make or break any offer the Marlins could make.