Giancarlo Stanton likely won't be dealt by the Marlins this offseason. (Getty Images)

Sorry Red Sox fans, Marlins still not trading Giancarlo Stanton

Rob Bradford
November 11, 2014 - 2:39 pm
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PHOENIX -- It wouldn'€™t be Hot Stove season without some Giancarlo Stanton talk. Tuesday at the general managers'€™ meetings, Marlins president Michael Hill and general manager Dan Jennings kicked off media availability with the GMs by updating where Miami stood with its Stanton extension dialogue. "It'€™s been positive dialogue," Hill said. "That'€™s the best way to categorize it. Nothing contentious. It'€™s been positive. We all recognize as a team we had a better year. We still didn'€™t have a great year but we made progress and improved on a 100-loss season in 2013, so we made progress. A lot of good things, a lot of good stories. So there'€™s some acknowledgment of the progress we made. We'€™re here the next few days to see what we can do to continue to build on that." Stanton -- who routinely comes up as the player Red Sox followers hope for their team to acquire at some point --€“ finished 2014 with 37 home runs and is one of three finalists for the National League Most Valuable Player award. Stanton is still two seasons away from being eligible for free agency. "It's ongoing. No timeline," Hill said of the talks. "It's still early in the offseason. The MVP still hasn't been announced yet. I think there are still some things that can impact numbers. We're just keeping an open dialogue and letting him know what we'd like to do. "I think we've been up front since last offseason that we weren't trading him, and that we're trying to build with him. I think that message has been received. I think everybody knows he's a Miami Marlin." The Marlins'€™ executives also relayed that Stanton had begun baseball activities after being hit in the face with a fastball in mid-September. "He sounds great. Everything we'€™ve gotten, he feels great," Hill said. '€œHis teeth has been fixed, fractures are healing. The little cut on his face is almost gone. He'€™s scheduled to start his offseason program Nov. 1. He'€™s getting into offseason mode and getting ready."

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