Giancarlo Stanton hit his 150th career HR last night. He's the 6th-fastest to that mark in the Expansion Era: pic.twitter.com/sU0x3TLTuf— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) August 26, 2014
1. Stanton is a once-in-a-decade talent.
Hitters like Stanton don't just grow on trees, and if they did, Jeffrey Loria would have certainly already chopped down all of those trees and sold them. Even though Stanton has battled injuries throughout his career, he still finds himself on lists like the one above, lists that include names even the most nonchalant of MLB fans can identify with. When you strike it rich in the draft with a guy like this, you pay him.
2. You already made the mistake of selling off a young power-hitter once.
No big deal, just the worst trade in the history of sports, that's all. Once upon a time, the Marlins had a proven young power-hitter on the verge of MVP-like dominance and a big payday, so of course the Marlins did what the Marlins do and sold his ass off for another team's minor-league, scratch-off-ticket players.
The Tigers sent Marlins outfielder Cameron Maybin, pitcher Andrew Miller, catcher Mike Rabelo, and minor-league pitchers Eulogio De La Cruz, Dallas Trahern, and Burke Badenhop. Not one remains with the team. Meanwhile, Miggy has won multiple MVPs for the Tigers, cemented himself as a sure-fire hall-of-famer, entered the best-hitter-of-all-time argument, and snagged his own brand of salsa. Other than that, good trade, Marlins.
Learn from your mistakes, Marlins. Seriously, stop being cheap!