The Miami Marlins are not playing around with Giancarlo Stanton.
According to the Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald, "the Marlins informed Stanton in October that if he refused to waive his Full-No-Trade clause and accept a trade, he would remain a Marlin and team officials would look to trade off other top players to reduce payroll."
Stanton has been one of the most talked about players this off-season, because of the Marlins interest to get rid of the slugger's enormous contract.
Teams like the Giants, Cardinals, Red Sox and even the Yankees came knocking, but Stanton made it public that he was only willing to accept trades to coast teams and more specific the Dodgers, his team growing up.
Most teams have stayed away because of Stanton's No-Trade clause and some more didn't even get close because of his opt-out clause in 2020.
Stanton also said, during his MVP speech, that he would like to stay with the team, but he wanted them to acquire some more pitching to be competitive.
That will not happen, as the new owners led by Derek Jeter have made it clear they want to "start from scratch" by reducing completely the payroll.
And they made it even more clear by threatening the "Home Run King" on leaving him with a team full of "low-priced" players and dealing all the stars.
Players like Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Dee Gordon, would probably be first in line.
And there is already interest in those players.
Stanton is still owed a total of $295 million over the next 10 years, a sum very few teams can or are willing to take on and would probably have the Marlins chip in somewhat, which reduces Stanton's trade value.
Having a "willing to go anywhere" Stanton would help with that.
For an organization that wants to win back fans in Miami, especially the Latino community, this off-season has been a horrible start.