Marlins were purportedly willing to trade Stanton to Astros for Springer, Correa
Recent leaked documents from the Houston Astros suggest that Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton could have been a Houston Astro.
The documents show internal communications between the Astros organization, which includes talk about a prospective trade for Stanton after the 2013 season between Astros GM Jeff Luhnow and Marlins GM Dan Jennings.
"[Luhnow] talked to [Dan Jennings] and said we had interest in Stanton," an alleged note dated November 15, 2013 reads. "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 Springer and Correa. JL said that would not work. JL posited a deal around Cosart and Deshields."
While the prospect of the Astros trading for Stanton is enticing, Luhnow likely made the right more for the Astros given the circumstances, particularly with the vast potential both Springer and Correa have shown at the major-league level.
In 78 games in his debut season last year, Springer hit 20 home runs with 51 RBI. Correa has dazzled in his first season this year as well, hitting two homers and four RBI in eight games, and flashing some impressive defensive skills at shortstop.
While Stanton would have been an instant boost to the Astros' offense, the organization also saved big by sticking to their promising prospects, as Stanton just signed a $325-million contract with the Marlins this past offseason.
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