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Marlins haven’t discussed a contract extension with Giancarlo Stanton

Jan 19, 2014, 11:01 PM EDT

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The Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration on Friday, agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million deal for the 2014 season. As’s Joe Frisaro reports, however, the two sides haven’t discussed a contract extension:

For months, Miami had stated it was open to discussing a multi-year deal with the 24-year-old right fielder. Such conversations never took place between the club and Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe of the Wasserman Media Group. The reason is both sides felt the timing wasn’t right.

Instead of at least sketching out the framework of what a major deal would look like, negotiations centered specifically on working something out for the upcoming season. By hammering out the agreement on Friday, the two parties came away pleased with how the process played out.

Stanton, who is tied with Robinson Cano at 117 for the ninth-most home runs since the start of 2010, has been the subject of trade rumors for quite some time. They will continue to pop up as long as a contract extension remains off the table. Stanton is eligible for arbitration going into the 2015 and 2016 seasons as well, and he projects to make a lot of money. The Marlins cut payroll from nearly $102 million to open up 2012 to just over $50 million on Opening Day last season. Unless they make a big free agent signing in the next month, they will likely see their Opening Day payroll in the $40 million range.

In the past, the Marlins have traded their star players as they approach free agency. It portends to be the case with Stanton as well.

  1. senioreditor2 - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:34 PM

    NOT a chance on earth he plays one extra day for the Marlins

    • stoutfiles - Jan 20, 2014 at 10:51 AM

      Yep, Marlins could offer the most money and he’d still leave. Who would want to play at a dead ballpark in front of a few angry fans on a bad team?

      • gloccamorra - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:07 PM

        But wait! The Marlins’ fire sale was a stroke of genius, putting together a young, cost controlled team that can WIN! It didn’t look convincing last year, but with home town kid Salty making for a winning season, the Marlins can convince Stanton to stay past his arbitration years. Gotta hand it to the Marlins brain trust.

  2. xmatt0926x - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:38 PM

    Why would they discuss a contract extension with a guy they know they will be trading soon? The Marlins are going to pay this guy true market value? Not. The most they will do is float a deal out there that they know he would never sign, just so they can say they tried.

    Don’t worry Jeff. You can skip the games. Nobody ever thought you would be retaining him for the long run anyway.

    • dan1111 - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:09 AM

      Actually, signing him to a contract extension would increase his trade value (assuming the terms were reasonable). At the same time, it could decrease the amount they pay before they trade him, because they could back-load the contract so the salary in the first year or two is small.

      The Marlins have a proven history of doing this with big free agent contracts. Look at the contracts Reyes and Buehrle signed in 2012. Both had very low salaries for the first two seasons. Another memorable example was Carlos Delgado. They signed him to a five year, $60 million contract that only paid $4 million the first season. Predictably, he was gone after that season. For all three of these players, the actual cost to the Marlins was minimal, and they got trade value in return.

      A contract extension with Stanton would work much the same way. The Marlins would look like they are committing to their star player, but it actually costs them nothing, and might even save money while setting themselves up to get more talent in trade.

      If it doesn’t happen, it’s because Stanton didn’t want to sign, not because they didn’t try.

      • Old Gator - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:25 AM

        The Iron Giant isn’t happy here and doesn’t like this organization. He wants to go back home to the sunset side, so all this speculation about signing a big deal with an east coast team is a pleasant fantasy but it isn’t what he wants and the other organizations know it. Yes, he might be traded to a heartland or east coast team before he becomes eligible for free agency, but it’s doubtful if he’d sign anything that would encumber him beyond 2016. GMs know this because he’s said so on a couple of occasions. Even with an extension signed through 2016, any eastern or central team that traded for him would be highly circumspect about trading away their best players or prospects for him unless they were in a bona fide “win now” situation.

        I look for him to become a Dodger, a Padre or a Giant eventually – the Angels have hamstrung themselves with horrible long term deals and the As aren’t going to spend what the Iron Giant will command. Seattle is probably a longshot at best.

      • dan1111 - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:48 AM

        @Gator, I do agree that he is unlikely to sign an extension. I just wanted to point out that doing so would not necessarily go against the Marlins’ interest–even if they are not really committed to keeping him.

      • gloccamorra - Jan 20, 2014 at 1:34 PM

        dan1111, I can see your point, but OG has the right of it. An extension could only last through his arbitration years, and Stanton might be better off taking scrooge to arbitration after this year.

  3. aphillieated - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:55 PM

    He belongs in Philly

    • henryd3rd - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:57 AM

      Spoken like a true Phillis’ fan. In the words of William Camden, “If wishes were horse then beggars would ride”.

    • binarymath - Jan 20, 2014 at 3:27 PM

      “He belongs in Philly.”

      Nope. He would fail the proof-of-age test when Ruben carded him. Under 35 need not appply.

  4. NYTolstoy - Jan 19, 2014 at 11:59 PM

    Lol yea I’m sure they have discussed an extension

    Marlins ownership: listen Gin…can we call you Gin? We want to talk contract extension. ..we want to give you(hands over napkin) that much for 7 years.

    Stanton: but this says 10 dollars an hour? What does no overtime mean? And why is this in crayon?


    Stanton: Um no? But I don’t think paying me 1000 a month is going to be ok with the union.

    Marlin Ownership: The union???? Are you threatening us? WE NEVER EVEN TOUCHED YOU!! I WILL NOT STAND FOR THIS (flips table)

    Stanton: guys can we please calm down. I’m sure we can work an extension out but it has to be fair right?

    Marlins Ownership: (they start to leave the room) Obviously this mad man wants to sick us dry! Call the Dodgers tell them we will take their trade!

    Marlin Agent: you mean Stanton for that Boat filled with Money?


    Stanton: (shrugs) LA is kind of nice this time of year.

  5. Site Administrator - Jan 20, 2014 at 2:07 AM

    Stanton would be a legitimate MVP candidate in the middle of a solid lineup.

  6. necrondi - Jan 20, 2014 at 4:44 AM

    Not even remotely funny..

  7. uyf1950 - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:12 AM

    If he’s not signed to an extension he will hit the free agent market at 27 years old for the 2017 season. A kid with his talent and power if he can stay healthy he’s going to be a very, very rich young man. Just by coincidence he will be a free agent when the Yankees could be looking for a RF’er with Beltran’s contract having expired after the 2016 season.

  8. slystone111 - Jan 20, 2014 at 5:41 AM

    He’s a roider. You heard it here, first.

    • Old Gator - Jan 20, 2014 at 6:16 AM

      NOPE, we heard it last year and the year before. You’re not the only idiot out there, you know.

  9. Mark - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:27 AM

    “Stanton, who is tied with Robinson Cano at 117 for the most home runs since the start of 2010”

    You know, that didn’t sound right from the moment I read it. I was pretty sure Jose Bautista had the lead given he hit 54 one year and 40+ in 2011. Turns out to be Miguel Cabrera, who took over the HR lead during that time (156). Bautista’s injuries and missing 2 months in both 2012/2013 means he’s second (152). Which is pretty damn impressive, given that he’s played 100 less games than Miguel Cabrera.

    Cano and Stanton are tied, but they’re tied for 9th. Course, it took Cano 640 games to Stanton’s 489.

  10. tomtravis76 - Jan 20, 2014 at 7:41 AM

    The Orioles should put their thinking caps on and try to move markakis for some pitching, while unloading young talent ,just what the Marlins like, for Stanton. Stanton would have lots of fun taking aim at the warehouse.

    • ptfu - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:16 AM

      Yeah, if Stanton goes to Baltimore, he’d take aim at a warehouse. In Philadelphia. Dude’s got ridiculous power.

  11. tn16 - Jan 20, 2014 at 8:55 PM

    Another blue jay. The jays trade Bautista for a great SP and prospects for Stanton

  12. helpingverbs - Jan 21, 2014 at 2:10 AM

    Stanton is going to be traded to Minnesota. Ever since the top line prospect of Rosario was suspended for 50 games the Twins have been piling on the Pitching prospects and starters. I think this was on purpose to work a trade for Stanton. I think the Twins have a lot to offer and will not think twice about signing Stanton to a long term contract.

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