Giancarlo Stanton is undoubtedly one of the most interesting options on the market this winter.
But a detail in his contract seems to be key in what the teams decide to offer to the Marlins for him in a trade. Especially with the Miami reportedly looking for a big package of prospects in exchange for the winner of the Most Valuable in the National.
But according to Craig Edwards of FanGraphs analyzes that the exit clause in 2020 that Stanton has in diminishing the value of the outfielder in the trade market.
Stanton's opt-out clause basically a "no win" situation for any team in the Big Leagues, because, if the slugger has a great season and aging without injury before his 31st birthday he can exit his deal and sign for a larger sum in the open market, which is the hope of any team that wants to acquire it.
And on the other hand, if he's having a bad season or injured he can keep his original contract and the team would have to handle until 2027 with a total of $295 million being paid to the outfielder.
The Marlins are asking for the best prospects from the teams interested in him, but without a doubt, the clause has stopped those organizations from going all in and have stopped other teams from getting involved in any type of trade talks with Miami.