That’s because according to notes from Nov. 15, 2013, the Astros reached out to the Marlins about the slugger and his availability.
"[Astros general manager Jeff Luhnow] talked to [Marlins general manager Dan Jennings] and said we had interest in Stanton," it read. "DJ 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 [Carlos] Correa. JL said that would not work. JL posited a deal around [Jarred] Cosart and [Delino] DeShields."
Some reports, particularly on Deadspin, have made it out as the Marlins seeking to trade the right fielder for top prospects. Miami has acknowledged receiving past inquiries about Stanton.
Luhnow answered questions from reporters Monday, calling the situation unfortunate and stated "some of it like I said is not accurate and there’s information out there that affects other teams and individual players that’s not accurate."
"That was not the case and I hope their statement sort of cleared it up," Hill said of the Marlins reaching out. "I told you in the winter he’s not available and we’re not shopping him. I would expect clubs to call on a good player. He’s a good player, but we haven’t initiated any calls. That was the point we wanted out there, and I spoke to him and told him exactly that just so there was no miscommunication or misinterpretation on anybody’s part. We haven’t shopped him, he’s not available and we wanted that to be clear."
Stanton and the Marlins avoided arbitration this offseason by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract. He played in 116 games after an injury-plagued year, hitting .249 with 24 homers and 62 RBI last season.
After that deal was made, both sides decided to forego long-term talks until after this season and then revisit the idea. According to Hill, the plan is to "make him a Marlin for a long time."
Entering Tuesday, Stanton leads the National League this season in homers (21) and RBI (60) and he’s fifth in NL batting average (.313) More importantly, he has appeared in all 82 games.
"It’s unfortunate they got hacked, it’s unfortunate that information got out there, but we just wanted to set the record straight that he was not available, we weren’t calling around shopping him," Hill said. "It was a non-story on our end.
"He’s focused on this club and helping this club win games and that’s pretty much what he said. He appreciated the phone call, ‘so let’s beat Philly.’ "