Marlins may be seeking impact bat for Stanton

Hill talks to Giants' Evans at GM Meetings in Orlando

Marlins may be seeking impact bat for Stanton

ORLANDO, Fla. -- If the Marlins wind up trading All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton, they'd like to acquire at least one impactful hitter in return. On Tuesday, Giants outfield prospect Heliot Ramos, the 19th overall pick in the 2017 MLB Draft, surfaced as a possible trade piece if the two clubs can strike a deal.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill and Giants general manager Bobby Evans spoke on Tuesday at the General Managers Meetings. San Francisco is seeking a power threat, and Stanton paced the Major Leagues with 59 home runs this past season.

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The Red Sox, Cardinals and Phillies also are among at least four clubs that are interested in Stanton, and MLB.com's Mark Feinsand reports that the Dodgers are in the mix. At least six or seven teams also have checked in on the slugger, but the exact teams have not been confirmed.

Hill would not disclose how many teams are asking about Stanton. Instead, he noted that the Marlins are exploring all their options on several players, and have been in contact with the other 29 teams regarding their offseason interests.

"That's what these meetings are about, to meet with your peers and see if there's ways to make deals and help our respective teams get better," Hill said. "I've talked to all of my peers here. I've touched base with all of my counterparts to see what their offseason plans are."

Ramos is a high-end prospect. Ranked by MLBPipeline.com as the fourth-best prospect in the Giants' system, Ramos is a native of Puerto Rico who has power potential. In 35 games in the Rookie-level Arizona League, the 18-year-old had a slash line of .348/.404/.645, with six home runs and 27 RBIs.

The Marlins' primary need is pitching, but in exchange for Stanton, they are seeking the best overall package of players.

The GM Meetings typically launch the offseason, as all 30 clubs are together to discuss their objectives.

"I think it's just information collecting, at this point," Hill said. "I don't know if you have a solid feel of where opportunity may or may not be. It's an opportunity to visit with your counterparts and talk about what their needs are and what your needs are, and see if there is something that makes sense."

Monitoring Ohtani market 

As the Marlins measure trade interest in Stanton, the club also is monitoring the market for Japanese outfielder/pitcher Shohei Ohtani, who is garnering plenty of attention at the GM Meetings.

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The Marlins are committing more resources internationally, and Ohtani is an enticing player with his 100-mph fastball and ability to hit home runs.

"He's talented," Hill said. "You always have interest in talented players. It's something we'll monitor and see where things go. We're knowledgeable on the situation. I don't know if we're prepared to go down that path, but we've at least done work on the talent. He's been here in the States on a few different occasions, so we've gotten to see him. He's a talented player."

Sele, Scott added to organization

When the Marlins talk about building organizational depth, it's not just on their player front. As part of the restructuring, Miami has hired Aaron Sele as a special assignments scout, and Dick Scott as director of player development.

Sele, a former big league pitcher, had been with the Dodgers as an assistant in player development and scouting.

Scott previously spent two seasons as the Mets' bench coach.

Garcia to rotation?

Jarlin Garcia, the Marlins' top lefty reliever in '17, is a candidate to join the rotation next year. Hill said switching roles for Garcia is "under consideration."

Garcia was a starter in the Minor Leagues, but he was switched to the bullpen. In 68 games as a rookie, the 24-year-old had an ERA of 4.73 in 53 1/3 innings.

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.