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Marlins avoid arbitration with Giancarlo Stanton, Steve Cishek, and Mike Dunn

Jan 17, 2014, 7:33 PM EDT

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Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Marlins have avoided arbitration with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton and relievers Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn. Stanton, in his first year of arbitration eligibility, has agreed to a one-year deal worth $6.5 million. The slugger, one of baseball’s premier power hitters, portends to become very wealthy in the coming years if he can stay healthy. He is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.

Following his first season as the team’s closer, Cishek and the Marlins agreed to a one-year deal worth $3.8 million in his first year of arbitration eligibility. Dunn, also a newbie to the process, will take home $1.4 million on a one-year deal.

With an additional $11.7 million on the books, the Marlins now have about $32 million committed to nine players. The rest of their roster will be comprised of players not yet eligible for arbitration and players signed to minor league and non-guaranteed deals. Based on their current trajectory, they will very likely open up 2014 with a payroll lower than last year’s $50.5 million.

  1. bigdaddy44 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    The Red Sox covet Stanton, but the Marlins obviously are not looking to move him. The Sox are loaded with genuine high level prospects. Would love if Ben Cherington puts together a big package to try to change the Marlins mind.

  2. knowthefacts215 - Jan 17, 2014 at 7:50 PM

    He will be a Phillie guaranteed, why you ask cause RAJ is dumb enough to give him 40 million a year for 15 years

  3. 461deep - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:00 PM

    GS would hit 35-40 homers in 140 games in Fenway. Hate to see a star player waste years on a team that is not truly trying to win.

    • happytwinsfan - Jan 17, 2014 at 8:15 PM

      if a player’s value is relative to what his “average” replacement would do, wouldn’t he be just as valuable hitting 30-35 home runs in a less hitter friendly park in a certain upper midwest city far away from the mutant inhabited coastlines?

      • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 11:47 PM

        The gene pool remains as dynamic along the coasts as it is static and inbred in the heartlands.

  4. historiophiliac - Jan 17, 2014 at 9:43 PM

    Free the Miami Three!

  5. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 17, 2014 at 10:33 PM

    They say (never mind who. Just “them”) They say that the the measure of a man is how well he can cope with adversity (and to this I wish to add “fame”). Baseball is littered with up and coming young men who play for very good teams. Some carry it well, some not so well.

    Then there is Giancarlo Stanton. A young fellow so unassuming he let an entire world call him “Mike” for, what was it, 3 seasons? 4? Who even knows. It was years, though. He gets to play for The Miami Marlins. A team with a standard of awfulness and crumby ownership that not even The Mets and The Wilpons really challenged it (and boy howdy they tried, didn’t they?). If he was merely adequate at baseball we’d say, “Yeah? So?” In light of how he looks (there are Greek god statues that stare at him as he walks by) and that he is as talented at baseball as he is . . . well that should not go unremarked upon. I’m glad he’s finally getting paid a little closer to his talent. Good for him, since it is precisely because he is so unassuming that he is easily he is one of my favourite players in MLB.

    One day, he’ll be allowed to see what it would be like to play for a team he wants to play for. Get paid commensurate with his talent. Until then, he’ll probably fail to get arrested, shoot his mouth off to the press, or be seen doing something awful. I think thats really rather wonderful of him.

    Good luck with your 2014 season, Giancarlo.

    • Old Gator - Jan 18, 2014 at 12:13 AM

      Well said. Let me add one item: anyone see the Feesh breathing a word of “lock him up with an extension”? No? And what does that portend? Let’s take a guess: they already know he’s not happy with the organization and they don’t have a snowball’s chance on the sunward surface of Mercury of hanging on to him when he becomes free agency eligible – not that Scrooge McLoria would even consider trying if the Iron Giant even wanted to stay here.

      Add to that, that the Giant has said several times that he’d like to go back to the west coast to play nearer to home eventually, and you have a situation where other teams would be reluctant, between now and his free agent year, to unload the kind of package of prospects and players they might be willing to offer if they actually thought they had a chance of keeping him long term.

      Finally, consider what a mediocre season he had last year. Yes, you can blame it on his feeling responsible to do everything but pitch on an essentially disemboweled team. The fact is, though, that he was still lunging at pitches well out of his range or the zone like a snapping turtle at a broom handle – a bad habit he’s had since he came up. That would surely give any smart GM pause. Last season it seemed to get worse instead of better, to the point where, during a broadcast in the last week of September Feesh broadcaster Tommy Hutton remarked that the Iron Giant would have to “re-invent himself” this season if he wanted to fulfill his real potential.

      I agree. in any case, much as it will be sad to see him go, we are stuck with this truly rancid ownership. That’s not good for Macondo or for the Giant. Unlike the ambulatory rectum he works for, he is a gentleman and a class act. I will wish him luck wherever he winds up.

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