President of Baseball Operations Larry Beinfest hadn’t made the connection. It wasn’t until he was asked during a conference call earlier this week that he was reminded the Winter Meetings were back in Nashville, where in 2007 he traded away Miguel Cabrera.
“I never even thought about it until now and it didn’t even register with me that it was there,” Beinfest said. “I didn’t think about it like, ‘Oh god, we’re going back to Nashville. That’s where we made the Miguel/Dontrelle [Willis] trade. I never even thought about it until just now.
“I wish it would have worked out better for us. It didn’t. We thought we got the right guys at that time and it didn’t work out. In terms of that trade and re-visiting it, I don’t think we’ll spend a lot of time on it.”
...According to one front office executive who checked in on Stanton, the Marlins told teams they were building around Stanton. He is not arbitration eligible until after the 2013 season and won’t qualify for free agency until after 2016. He just turned 23 last month and already is among the game’s elite power hitters.
“Our plans for him in ‘13 are to be our right fielder and to be in the middle of our lineup,” said Beinfest, adding that he had not spoken with Stanton since the Blue Jays trade. “It was an emotional time so I’m kind of taking everything with a grain of salt. I can’t speak for Giancarlo’s feelings because those are his feelings, but these things sometimes take a little time to settle down and see clearer, and that’s kind of what we’re going through right now.”
Posted: December 02, 2012 at 10:25 AM | 21 comment(s)
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