All season we heard about lethargic pace of play on the field; now MLB's offseason is off to a slow start of its own. Here are the factors behind the quiet stretch, and when you can expect to see blockbuster deals and marquee free-agent signings heat up.
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What made Giancarlo Stanton great? He shored up a weakness. He had a .267 BA/.541 Slug pct vs outside pitches, a 34-point jump in BA and 100 points in slugging percentage from 2016.
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At 5-6, José Altuve shares the distinction as the shortest player to win a MVP award with Phil Rizzuto (1950) and Bobby Shantz (1952). At 6-6, Giancarlo Stanton becomes the tallest player in baseball history to win a MVP award.
Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, fresh off winning the NL MVP, said he preferred to stay in Miami but understood if the team's new ownership, led by Derek Jeter, would go in a different direction.
Jose Altuve won the AL award easily, while Giancarlo Stanton eked out a narrow victory in the NL, but both were smart selections by the voters.
He hit nearly five miles of home runs in 12 ballparks off 51 different pitchers in 2017. We take a look at Giancarlo Stanton's smashing year when it comes to home runs.
David Schoenfield ESPN Senior Writer
Giancarlo Stanton becomes the first Marlins MVP, beating out Joey Votto by just two points in the fourth-closest MVP vote in history. Both players received 10 first-place votes with Stanton and his 59 home runs edging out on-base machine Votto, 302 points to 300. Stanton becomes just the seventh MVP from a losing team. I'm a little surprised that the vote was so close and it shows the influence of modern metrics that two guys on non-playoff teams finished first and second in the voting.
Astros 2B Jose Altuve was a runaway choice for American League MVP, while Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton was named the National League MVP. Stanton beat Reds first baseman Joey Votto by 2 points in the fourth-closest vote in major league history.
Christina Kahrl MLB Staff Writer
We have our first-ever non-Cub MVP from a losing team in NL history, as Giancarlo Stanton takes home the trophy after he beat out Joey Votto by just two points in the BBWAA's voting.
The San Francisco Giants are reportedly making the biggest early push to land Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
While it's not clear where Giancarlo Stanton will be playing next season, you can bet on him being in the MVP race.
Andrew Marchand ESPN Senior Writer
There does not seem to be any plausible reason to strongly connect the Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, other than Derek Jeter had a few clutch moments in the Bronx. When you combine Yankees owner Hal Steinbrenner desire to fall under the luxury tax this season with the Yankees' reluctance to trade top prospects, it doesn't make much sense to think Stanton will be in pinstripes. Stanton can make $295M over the next 10 years. He can also opt-out of the deal after 2020. If the Yankees want to spend big on super talented outfielder, they can wait until next offseason -- after they reset their tax -- and try to sign Bryce Harper. Now, if the Marlins just did a salary dump without receiving any big prospects, the chances go up slightly, but still not much.
Agent Scott Boras said teams that trade high-priced veterans for the sake of rebuilding and reducing payroll can affect competition in Major League Baseball.
New Marlins CEO Derek Jeter says Miami must make changes to stop losing money, but it's not a foregone conclusion that slugger Giancarlo Stanton will be traded.
The Dodgers reportedly have had contact with the Marlins about Giancarlo Stanton, but there apparently has been little momentum in the talks.
Jerry Crasnick ESPN Senior Writer
Marlins owner Derek Jeter met with reporters today and said he's yet to speak with Giancarlo Stanton, who's been the subject of ongoing trade rumors.
Scott Lauber ESPN Staff Writer
Giancarlo Stanton has not expressed an unwillingness to accept a potential trade to Boston or St. Louis, according to a source familiar with the slugger's thinking.
Buster Olney delves into offseason rumors with Jerry Crasnick (6:00). Plus, new Red Sox manager Alex Cora (30:20), Astros 3B Alex Bregman (39:32) and "Inside Heat" with Clark Spencer on the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton (55:23).
Stanton, Votto could join unique group
If either Marlins OF Giancarlo Stanton or Reds 1B Joey Votto takes home NL MVP honors Thursday, they would become just the third player to win the award on a losing team. (ESPN Stats & Info)
Ahead of the GM meetings, we polled 40 MLB executives and scouts on nine burning questions that are sure to sizzle in the coming weeks.
The obvious speculation has focused on Giancarlo Stanton. But to reach Miami's lowered payroll target, others such as Dee Gordon could also be offered.
Miami has opened the Stanton trade talks with Boston, St. Louis, San Francisco and Philadelphia, per Jon Morosi of MLB.com.
Lee shines in AFL
Marlins outfield prospect Braxton Lee finished 2-for-5 with a triple and run scored for the Salt River Rafters in the Arizona Fall League on Friday, raising his average to .356 through 16 games. He also recorded an outfield assist, throwing out Cubs prospect Ian Rice at the plate from 261 feet away.
A juicio de Jorge Morejón, Giancarlo Stanton y Aaron Judge deben ser los ganadores del premio de Jugador Más Valioso en cada liga, pero el listado de los finalistas del premio tiene varias ausencias inaceptables.