Giancarlo Stanton wants out if the Marlins are rebuilding

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Giancarlo Stanton doesn’t want any part of a Miami Marlins rebuild, he tells Jon Heyman. “I don’t want to rebuild. … I’ve lost for seven years,” he said.

Such a rebuild is quite possible given that the Marlins new owners have taken on a lot of debt in the purchase and have signaled that they would be cutting payroll, possibly drastically. Given that Stanton will earn $25 million next year — up from the $14.5 million he made in 2017 — the surrounding case that Miami is likely to put around him will be pretty young and pretty cheap which probably means it’ll be pretty bad.

Stanton is under contract through 2027 with a team option for 2028. He has an opt-out available after 2020, however. If it appears that he’ll exercise it — and if he’s healthy and continues to rake like he did this year, he likely would — the Marlins would be fools not to trade him right now when he’d bring in a boatload of talent in return. This isn’t the NBA where trade demands necessarily carry weight, but Stanton is pretty clearly wanting to be traded.

There will be no shortage of suitors if the Marlins do put him on the block this offseason. There is no team anywhere close to contention that would say no to a slugger coming off of a year in which he hit .281/.376/.631 with 59 homers. He’ll almost certainly be the NL MVP. And he’ll almost certainly have a host of teams bidding for his services.

Pujols hits 701st career home run, connects for Cardinals

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ST. LOUIS — Cardinals slugger Albert Pujols hit his 701st home run, connecting Friday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Pujols launched a slider from former teammate Johan Oviedo over the Big Mac Land sign in left field at Busch Stadium. The solo drive in the fourth inning made it 1-all.

Pujols faced Oviedo for the first time and made the 24-year-old righty the 456th different pitcher he’s homered against.

The St. Louis star hadn’t homered in a week since hitting No. 699 and 700 at Dodger Stadium last Friday. Pujols had gone 10 at-bats without a home run after two starts and one pinch-hit appearance.

The Busch Stadium crowd gave the 42-year-old Pujols a long standing ovation before he came out of the Cardinals dugout to tip his cap for a curtain call.

Pujols hit his 22nd home run this season for the NL Central champion Cardinals.

Pujols is fourth on the career home run list behind Barry Bonds (762), Hank Aaron (755) and Babe Ruth (714).