The Marlins have never hid the fact they've received quite a few offers over the past couple years for All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton.
And now thanks to some hackers who purportedly posted 10 months worth of internal trade talks by the Houston Astros' front office on Anonbin.com (a site where users can anonymously share hacked or leaked information), we've got an idea of at least one trade for Stanton that was kicked around last November 15.
The trade the Marlins were looking for: Stanton for Astros top prospects Carlos Correa and George Springer.
Here's the purported exchange: "[Astros GM Jeff Luhnow] talked to [Marlins GM Dan Jennings] and said we had interest in Stanton. [Jennings] said he doesn't think he'll trade Stanton and the only deal he could think of from us that would work would be Springer and Correa. [Luhnow] said that would not work. [Lunhow] posited a deal around [pitcher Jarred] Cosart and [minor leaguer Delino] Deshields [Jr]."
Obviously, neither trade worked out. In the end, if this information is all true, this is obviously pretty embarrassing for the Astros.
Deadspin.com first wrote about the purportedly leaked information and reported Monday that the Astros first began using an online database for the private use of the Astros front office two years ago called "Ground Control." The interface gives Astros executives instant access to player statistics, video, and communications with other front offices around baseball. Someone obviously hacked into it.
The Stanton deal wasn't the only one the Astros purportedly discussed with the Marlins. According to the documents on Dec. 9 the Marlins reached out to Houston looking for a second or third baseman in exchange for Logan Morrison. The Marlins inquired about Jose Altuve and Matt Dominguez, who the Marlins of course traded away to Houston for Carlos Lee two years ago. The also expressed interest in right-handed pitchers Mike Foltynewicz, Lance McCullers and catcher Carlos Perez, all minor leaguers.
The Marlins ended up trading Morrison to the Mariners for reliever Carter Capps and ended up signing Rafael Furcal and Casey McGehee that winter.
UPDATE: The Houston Astros issued the following statement this afternoon:
"Last month, we were made aware that proprietary information held on Astros' servers and in Astros' applications had been illegally obtained. Upon learning of the security breach, we immediately notified MLB security who, in turn, notified the FBI. Since that time, we have been working closely with MLB security and the FBI to the determine the party, or parties, responsible. This information was illegally obtained and published, and we intend to prosecute those involved to the fullest extent.
"It is unfortunate and extremely disappointing that an outside source has illegally obtained confidential information. While it does appear that some of the content released was based on trade conversations, a portion of the material was embellished or completely fabricated."