The Texas Rangers have long said Jurickson Profar was untouchable on the trade market, and with good reason. After all, he is baseball's top prospect, just turned 20 years old and if not for a crowded Rangers infield would probably already be an everyday player in the majors.
It was long thought the Rangers would lose shortstop Elvis Andrus to free agency after 2014 and would likely trade him before that point, meaning Profar would be the club's shortstop for the long term. But when Andrus signed a long-term extension the day after the Rangers' season-opening loss to Houston, all plans were changed. Now the Rangers have Profar, Andrus and Ian Kinsler all locked up for a good while.
One thing the Rangers need is an outfield bat after the departure of Josh Hamilton and the thinking that Nelson Cruz will probably not be retained when he hits free agency this winter.
That's where Giancarlo Stanton fits in. Stanton is young and plenty powerful, and he's under team control in Miami through the 2016 season. He made it known he was very unhappy with the Marlins' firesale last season and ever since has been mentioned in trade rumor after trade rumor. The Marlins have consistently said they were not interested in moving him, despite his awful start to this season. Last year, he hit .290 with 37 home runs and 86 RBIs.
To get Stanton, if he were made available, the Rangers would have to start with Profar and add on quite a bit else, possibly Mike Olt and maybe even a big-league starter such as Derek Holland. If not him, the Marlins would likely ask for a couple of the Rangers' top pitching prospects as well.
We've long said, Stanton is one of about two or three guys that would be worth considering parting with Profar for, and there's a hefty price in deals like this.
If the Marlins demand a big-league starter, it might be too high a price as the Rangers have worked long and hard to build the rotation as it stands and might even be searching for one more to go with them, so to give one up would be a big sacrifice. Then again, giving up Profar would be a big sacrifice, but to get someone like Stanton, you have to pay up.