Marlins president of baseball operations Mike Hill said he called slugger Giancarlo Stanton recently to reassure him the team is not looking to trade him.
On Monday, 10 months’ worth of internal trade talks by the Houston Astros’ front office were leaked online by computer hackers. Among a couple of discussions involving the Marlins and Astros was a conversation on Nov. 15 that included talk over Stanton.
It read: “[Astros GM Jeff Luhnow] talked to [Marlins GM Dan Jennings] and said we had interest in Stanton. [Jennings] said he doesn’t think he’ll trade Stanton and the only deal he could think of from us that would work would be [ George] Springer and [top prospect Carlos] Correa. [Luhnow] said that would not work. [Luhnow] posted a deal around [pitcher Jarred] Cosart and [minor-leaguer Delino] Deshields [ Jr.].”
Although some media outlets portrayed it as if the Marlins were shopping Stanton, Hill said Tuesday that was the furthest thing from the truth.
“I told you guys in the beginning of the winter that he’s not available — and we’re not shopping him,” Hill said. “... He’s a good player, and I think that’s the point we want to make sure gets out. I’ve spoken to him and told him exactly that.
“So there’s no miscommunication and no misinterpretation on anybody’s part. We haven’t shopped him. He’s not available. We want that to be crystal clear.”
Stanton, who still has two seasons of arbitration with the Marlins left after this season, wasn’t at his locker Tuesday to discuss Monday’s report. Hill said Stanton “appreciated the phone call.”
RAMOS TO DL
An MRI performed on right-handed reliever A.J. Ramos last week revealed inflammation in his shoulder and after waiting a few days off to see if he would feel better, the Marlins have decided to send him to the disabled list.
“I think from talking to him he felt like he could grind it out if we really needed him to, but I think the important thing is for him to be healthy and 100 percent,” manager Mike Redmond said.
In a corresponding roster move, the Marlins called up first baseman Justin Bour.
“I told my kids to step it up. I think they took a day off in voting,” Redmond quipped.Adeiny Hechavarria