Originally Posted by Brutus
He has no grounds to demand a trade. He can demand all he wants. And the Marlins can tell him to pound sand and shut up and play.
What he can do is give the team bad press. All he has to do is continue to state the obvious about how the ownership sold out the players and the fans. He can add that he'll always bust his hump for the fans and for his teammates, but he'll be leaving the first chance he gets because he wants no part of playing for Jeff Loria.
For a team that's going to get little to no press, having its star player calling out the ownership for being a fraud could be poison at the turnstiles.
And all it may take is the threat that he's going to tell reporters what he thinks about the sad state of the franchise in order to punch his ticket out of town. The Marlins' boat isn't seaworthy enough to survive anyone rocking it.
Plus, imagine how smart the Marlins would be cashing in Stanton at the height of his value?