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Fee-fi-fo-fum! Giancarlo Stanton is like fairy tale giant to R.A. Dickey

        PHOENIX -- Leave it to R.A. Dickey, who is about as articulate as they come in the big league playing ranks, to come up with perhaps the most colorful description of Giancarlo Stanton I've heard to date.

        When asked what it's like pitching against Stanton, Dickey replied: "I feel like Jack around him, (as in), Jack and the Beanstalk.  He takes up the whole box visually when I've faced him, and I've faced him a number of times. I remember having the same feeling when Frank Thomas was in the box. He just takes up the whole box and you don't feel there's much place to go with him."

        Dickey and Stanton, who are teammates on the U.S. team that opens play in the World Baseball Classic here on Friday, are familiar foes. Only Cole Hamels and Roy Halladay have faced Stanton more often than Dickey, the reigning N.L. Cy Young Award winner who is taking his knuckleball this season to Toronto. Stanton has gone 6 for 20 against Dickey, but none of those hits were homers.

         "Thankfully I throw a pitch that moves in a lot of different directions, so I've been able to have a little bit of success against him," Dickey said. "But he is a very intimidating player to play against."

         Dickey isn't the only member of Team USA gushing praise at Stanton. The team's manager, Joe Torre, was equally effusive.

          "He's quite a physical specimen and he's got a head on his shoulders to match," Torre said of the Marlins' slugger. "This kid is....wow. You can tell a lot from when a player takes batting practice. I go back to the days when I played and guys having contests of who can hit the ball the farthest. He's up there working his batting practice. And when I say working his batting practice, he'll hit more balls to the right side of second base than he will to the left side because he knows what makes him successful. He doesn't say a whole lot, very respectful. He's very special, a very special youg man in the few days I've been around him."

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Bob

What the hell is taking so long in locking up Stanton long term? The only rational explanation is they already tried numerous times and Stanton always tells them, "Hell no!"

Dionysus Thelxinoe

The only way Stanton would (and should) even consider signing here is if they give him market value (which they won't), a no-trade (they won't), and an opt-out clause after 2 seasons.

Flav C

Why should the Marlins (or for that matter any team) offer a no-trade clause to a player who has barely proved anything?
Even players like Cabrera and Prince Fielder have a limited no-trade clause in their contracts.
In situations of long-term contracts, what they should do is, let's say on a 5 year contract, offer no-trade for the first 3 years, and limited no-trade for the remainder two. That would give some more peace of mind to the player.
Most importantly, I think the Marlins in order to sign big names for long-term contracts, should avoid backloading those contracts.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Apples and oranges on the no-trade comparison. The no-trade in Stanton's case would be for entirely different reasoning than any other major leaguer, i.e., Loria's own untrustworthiness with players. OTOH, backloading contracts matters little with most players and agents since they'll get their money one way or the other. The only impact of backloading, in Loria's case in particular, is to serve as compelling evidence that he intended to trade these guys from the start, once the higher annual amounts kicked in. I mean, in retrospect, do you really think now that he EVER had any intention of having a $20MM SS on HIS payroll? Even the Yankees can't claim that, for pete's sake!

Dionysus Thelxinoe

As for whether Stanton should get a no-trade, imho, there isn't another team in MLB other than the Marlins that would hesitate to give him a no-trade as part of a deal locking him up long term. JMO.

AR-15

Dont believe the Marlins will ever pay Stanton what he's worth. They'll trade him for several good prospects or front line players.

Seth

How did the Marlins make the mistake of drafting a player as good as Stanton? They had been doing great at drafting busts,then created a big public relations problem for themselves by getting Stanton.They should stick with what they've done best by drafting busts and trading for stiffs ,to avoid any future PR problems.

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