Nobody knows, but that question is at the heart of this week’s General Managers Meetings, which opened Monday at the Waldorf Astoria luxury hotel.
For Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill and his fellow decision-makers around the game, this week marks their first opportunity of the offseason to meet in person to discuss each other’s needs and potential deals.
The Marlins, who with a new ownership group led by CEO Derek Jeter are expected to cut payroll, have many possible paths this winter. Most involve trading Stanton, who led the majors with 59 homers and 132 RBI in 2017 but is owed $25 next season and $295 million over the next decade.
“With the whole trade process, there’s rumors out there, and there’s a lot of them,” Hill said. “I didn’t speak to the media until last week and he’s been traded 15 million times.”
Hill spoke to a rotating cast of more than a dozen reporters in a setting unique to the GM Meetings: the heads of baseball operations for all 30 teams available to the media simultaneously. Hill’s crowd was among the largest, rivaling that of several big-market GMs, a sign of wider baseball interest in Miami’s goings-on in the coming weeks and months.
“I’m not sure what the future holds,” Hill said, staying true to form and revealing little of note. “I’ve said from the beginning we need to get better. We need to build a sustainable organization.”
Here’s what we do know: Various reports over the weekend said the Giants, Cardinals, Red Sox and Phillies had preliminary discussions with the Marlins about Stanton. Stanton, who has a no-trade clause, holds considerable influence over the process. Hill said he has an idea where Stanton would be willing to go.