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Giancarlo Stanton on The Bradfo Show: ‘Rumors are rumors’

07.16.14 at 10:31 am ET

Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton joined Rob Bradford on The Bradfo Show to discuss transactions and trade rumors. To hear the interview, go to the The Bradfo Show audio on demand page.

Stanton has been involved in a number of trade rumors throughout his career, including some with the Red Sox.

Stanton said the first time he was involved in trade rumors was as a minor leaguer in 2008 when he was discussed as a potential trade chip in a deal for Manny Ramirez.

“I actually didn’t understand the business side of it as much or pretty much at all at that point so I was like, ‘Wait a minute, me for Manny Ramirez. This makes no sense. That can’t be even close to true,’ ” Stanton said.

“As I grew up and got older I understood how it works a little better and understood that was a possibility.”

Stanton said he first found out about the rumors on the Internet.

“It was actually pretty flattering to be compared to that caliber at that time,” he said. “It’s a huge risk when you do that for a minor league guy that’s never touched foot in the big leagues.”

Stanton said the first person he contacted after he saw the rumors was his agent.

“It’s usually something me and my agent talk about,” he said. “That’s the easiest route to know legitimacy or not, so that’s pretty simple. You talk to him on what matters then get back to what I’m supposed to do.”

That was only the first of multiple trade rumors Stanton’s name was in. He said he gets sick of being asked about them.

“Rumors are rumors, but then again the route of all truths could be some rumors, so you never know,” Stanton said.

Stanton’s first time at Fenway Park came in an interleague series in 2012.

“It was kind of like a fantasy field,” he said. “It’s like one of those fields you design in a video game and kind of just play in. It’s different seeing something for so many years on TV then walking into it. That was the awe that I was in.”

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