MIAMI -

The Marlins met with star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton on Monday to assure him they are not attempting to trade him.

If he does not sign an extension, Stanton would be a free agent after the 2016 season. And the Marlins, who normally don't sign players to big-money contracts, have long been rumored to trade Stanton at some point before he can walk away for nothing.

On Monday, after someone hacked the Houston Astros' computers, it was leaked that Stanton was discussed with the team. But it was clear from the information leaked that the Astros were calling about Stanton and not the other way around.

You can't blame the Marlins for taking the call. The Marlins said if the Astros wanted Stanton, they would have to part with shortstop Carlos Correa, the top overall pick in MLB's 2012 draft, and outfielder George Springer, who was mighty impressive last season when he slugged 37 homers and stole 45 bases in the minors.

The Astros said "no, thank you", and that was that, but if the Marlins really want to end the Stanton rumors, it's really simple.

Sign him to an extension.