In response to RedsoxProspects' comment:
The Marlins probably trade Stanton in July and every month they wait is costing them prospect value in return. A couple years ago he would have been worth that much but by the time he is traded it will be less than 2 years of contraol and he will probably cost at least 7-8 mil per year by then. NWIH I'm giving up anywhere near that level of talent for him.
And you know what? I'll just come out and say it again. I think Middlebrooks will put up comparable numbers this year. We underappreciate what Middlebrooks is in my opinion. He has serious pop also, is in a more valued position, is more controllable and might well even hit for a higher average.
I know people will say I'm crazy, but for some reason when they look back in hindsight they are usually wrong. I don't give a flying rat's you know what about it. I call them as I see them and I really think Middlebrooks will be solid this year and have felt that way all winter. If anything, his spring performance only supports that position.
After doing this for years one would think more people would notice by now.
Middy's career OBP will be lucky to come with 50 points of Stanton's.
They both appear to have fielding limitations.
Again, I am not for giving the world away for Stanton, but these guys only come along once in a long while.
I still sometimes wonder what might have happened had we traded Lester straight up for Myers and then signed Sanchez.