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Source: Marlins could risk alienating Stanton by trading Cishek

ATLANTA -- After watching the Marlins trade teammates simply to unload salary during his time in the organization, All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has made it known that he wants to see the team start showing franchise stability and a commitment to winning. As in now.

Trading closer Steve Cishek, according to a major league source, might send the wrong message to Stanton, especially if the return is a haul of prospects, which is what the Padres received from the Angels in their trade for closer Huston Street a few days ago.

"I don't think there's much chance Stanton ends up staying (long-term) with the Marlins, anyway," the source said. "But if they do move Cishek, what's that telling him (Stanton)? If they traded Cishek, they could pretty much kiss him (Stanton) goodbye."

The Cishek trade rumors are beginning to heat up. But, so far, the Marlins are telling teams they haven't made a decision on which direction they intend to go -- with Cishek or with anyone else -- as the July 31 non-waiver trading deadline approaches, the source said. The Marlins could be waiting on the outcome of their four-game series with the Braves before making up their minds.

Cishek is making $3.8 million this season and will command much more than that next season through salary arbitration, making him an obvious trade candidate for the payroll-challenged Marlins. Cishek's trade value is enhanced by the fact that any team that obtains him would control him for three years beyond this one, as he's not eligible for free agency until 2018.

The Marlins intend to offer Stanton a contract extension after the season. The actions they take in the days leading up to July 31 could greatly influence those discussions.


All systems are go for Henderson Alvarez to make his next scheduled start in Houston on Thursday. Alvarez left Saturday's game early being struck in the leg by a sharp one-hopper.

Manager Mike Redmond said Monday, though, that Alvarez had recovered nicely and should be good to start Thursday.


Tonight's lineups:

Marlins: 1. Yelich 7, 2. Valdespin 4; 3. Stanton 9; 4. McGehee 5; 5. Jones 3; 6. Ozuna 8; 7. Saltalamacchia 2; Hechavarria 6; Koehler 1.

Braves: 1. B.J. Upton 8; 2. La Stella 4; 3. Freeman 3; 4. Justin Upton 7; 5. Heyward 9; 6. Gattis 2; 7. Johnson 5; 8. Simmons 6; 9. Teheran 1.