Not to mention that we all know no such thing as "Stanton is being traded by mid-season next year." He might be traded (anyone "might" be traded, given an overwhelming offer,) but Loria's single biggest bargain is retaining Stanton through most (2.5 years) or all of his 3 arb years, assuming he can't be signed for a longer term. Also, not to mention that every single comment from the FO has always been to the effect that they do not intend to trade him. There's no good reason to believe otherwise at this point. Particularly not in view of the fact that they acknowledge that they need power and bats, and he's one of the few power bats they have under control.