Despite growing interest from multiple teams in Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Giancarlo Stanton, the Marlins are not listening to offers on their three outfielders, according to USA Today’s Bob Nightengale.
The #Marlins are not listening to any trade proposals for their starting outfield now, saving those conversations for this winter.— Bob Nightengale (@BNightengale) July 18, 2017
Nightengale says the team could still move those three pieces, but would wait until the offseason to do so.
Yelich and Ozuna had been drawing interest from the Phillies and Cardinals, while Stanton had a few teams trying to figure out how much of his salary they could take on.
Stanton being in the middle of a 13-year, $325 million contract obviously makes him a tough piece to move, and it could make more sense for the Marlins to work out that kind of money with another team when they have more time in the winter.
Ozuna and Yelich are much more attractive, because of their smaller contracts, but the impending change of ownership may be keeping them off the trading block. Even if the Marlins do go into a full rebuild, they could still keep one of the three outfielders to be the centerpiece of the team.
Although the outfielders may not be on the move, that doesn’t mean the Marlins still aren’t shopping their other pieces. Nightengale reports that 10 teams have shown interest in David Phelps, with the Yankees, Red Sox, Brewers, Cubs, Rockies and Rangers seen as the most likely to pursue him.
The Blue Jays and Phillies have also reportedly engaged in preliminary trade talks for Dee Gordon, who has also been linked to the Angels.
Nightengale also reported that the Red Sox see Martin Prado as somewhat of a backup plan at third base if they can’t get Todd Frazier from the White Sox. However, Prado’s recent injury may dissolve any trade value he had.
The USA Today writer predicts Phelps (not Prado) will end up in Boston, while Gordon stays in the division and is sent to Philadelphia. He thinks Prado will instead end up playing the hot corner for the Yankees (again).