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Marlins interested in signing Giancarlo Stanton to an extension

Jan 23, 2014, 6:31 PM EDT

The Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration last week by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract. The two sides haven’t discussed the possibility of a contract extension yet, but the team remains interested in getting a long-term deal done:

While that’s all well and good, it takes two to tango. And Stanton, understandably, might want another dance partner. As you’ll recall, the young slugger was quite vocal in his displeasure about the direction of the franchise last offseason, fueling speculation that he’ll leave the first chance he gets. While the Marlins have some promising young players, they haven’t given any indication that they are going to put money into the team. Of course, time could heal those old wounds, especially if the price is right, but those trade rumors will only get louder if the interest is not mutual.

Stanton, 24, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. He remains under team control through 2016.

  1. lyon810 - Jan 23, 2014 at 6:52 PM

    If I’m Stanton I don’t even consider this until Loria/Samson are out of the picture, which won’t happen. Just get paid, and test the market in 2016/17

  2. rbj1 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:00 PM

    It’s a trap!

  3. alexo0 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:03 PM

    Master of Deceit David Samson is just laying the base. Once they inevitably low ball Stanton and he doesn’t sign, this way they can paint Stanton as being greedy while saying they did their best to retain him.

  4. cackalackyank - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:23 PM

    Hey Gianny, make sure you get the no trade clause in writing. Signed Mark and Jose.

    • Reflex - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:33 PM

      If I’m Stanton I actually want the opposite: a guaranteed trade clause after the first year given that it can’t possibly be worse anywhere else.

  5. bigdaddy44 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:45 PM

    Why would Stanton want to sign an extension to keep him in baseball’s version of purgatory?

    • schlom - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:48 PM

      Because they will pay him a crapload of money?

  6. beast2727 - Jan 23, 2014 at 7:46 PM

    I think I would be smart of the marlins to trade Stanton. A good trade would be Stanton for ike Davis. Mets get a solid outfielder and the marlins get a first baseman that could be the second coming of Joey got to

    • dylanthom2013 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:12 PM

      LOL, a POS failure like Davis for one of the best young OF’ers in the game – yeah, that’s fair. You must have experience with one-sided deals. Bet your parents tried to get rid of you when you were born for crack.

      • asimonetti88 - Jan 24, 2014 at 12:29 AM

        Davis fits the Marlins’ salary requirements

      • koufaxmitzvah - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:52 AM

        POS failure? Crack babies?

        I bet you thump your chest a lot.

    • anxovies - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:46 PM

      If Stanton is smart he will tell his agent to get his phone number changed and run like a striped-ass ape every time anybody from the front office looks in his direction.

  7. asimonetti88 - Jan 23, 2014 at 8:35 PM

    The marlins are interested in a lot of things I’m sure

  8. tn16 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:48 PM

    Yea while there at that Ike Davis deal the jays will trade goose for him…

  9. nolasoxfan2012 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:54 PM

    You have to figure that unless Stanton signs an extension this offseason, he’s getting dealt next offseason. It’s too bad those snake-oil salesmen running the Marlins won’t just trade him somewhere else now (say, Boston; no bias at all!), rather than waiting ’til next year.

    • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:14 AM

      My guess is that he would be traded eventually anyway, signed or not. There are a couple of reasons. First of all, he doesn’t want to be here. He has been blunt about wanting to play nearer to home in California. Ergo, I don’t see him signing anything beyond his free agency year of 2016. Second, unless you live here in Macondo, you can’t really imagine how deep and widespread is the hostility to this ownership, or how limited the interest in the team has become. Moving to near downtown was a very bad move geographically, making the games, especially weeknight games, very difficult and time consuming to get to for the tatters of the fan base in northern Broward County and in Palm Beach County – and this would be true even if people didn’t loathe the ownership or could trust them further than they could punt them. The other is that, even (if not especially) locally, folks are generally so turned off to this organization that even a winning season wouldn’t put them anywhere north of the bottom third of attendance in the league. It’s sad, really. Unless El Keed turns into the second coming of Clayton Kershaw, it would take the sale of the franchise to anyone else but Scrooge McLoria even to begin rekindling enthusiasm down here. And if our young superstud does blossom as spectacularly as folks are hoping he will, that still won’t fill the park on the other five days.

      In other words, there’s no way to expect that this team will make enough gate money to convince the bloodsucker who owns it to cough up megabucks for any of his players.

      • sawxalicious - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:52 AM

        When the day comes that Loria sells, I will be very happy and very sad. Happy that the POS is done ruining the team, sad that he’ll be pulling truckloads of cash from the deal on the way out. I want Tommy Lasorda’s opinion on Loria!

  10. tn16 - Jan 23, 2014 at 9:55 PM

    I could see the Marlins get a king ransom for Stanton. He is a corstone player
    That could rejuvenate a franchise in dire need. ( kinda ironic eh ) If the marlins play their hand right they could get a young stud pitcher, looking at you Seattle. Stanton being protection for Robinson Cano, plus he would be able to cover that Big LF at Safeco. With Morrison in RF now ( look at Tyler Oneil to be the future in RF ) the mariners could be a good team with him

    • Old Gator - Jan 23, 2014 at 10:43 PM

      Oh yeah, that’s all the Iron Giant dreams about – having Tweeter “protecting” him in the lineup, just like the good ole days. Tweeter provided as much “protection” for him as that trailside lavatory did for John Hammond’s lawyer in Jurassic Park.

      • anxovies - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:58 PM

        I was a street lawyer before I retired and learned to despise most suit lawyers like the one in Jurassic Park. I loved that scene!

    • joenash72 - Jan 24, 2014 at 2:04 AM

      Hoping that the Mariners either trade for Stanton or else Matt Kemp from the Dodgers, as has also been rumored. Need one of the two to pair with Cano and build the offense around. Offer same or similar package of players that was offered to and accepted by Arizona a year ago, but blocked by Justin Upton. Taijuan Walker being the centerpiece.

      Would much prefer giving the amount of dollars it would have taken to outbid the Yankees for Tanaka, and give it to Giancarlo. I remember when first reading about Stanton, scouts compared him to Pujols. Well, we have Albert in our division now, so would be nice to acquire the younger version to be able to compete.

  11. themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 24, 2014 at 1:25 AM

    Jose Fernandez is an outstanding young pitcher. If the marlins can build around him they might be able to get Giancarlo Stanton to stay.

    • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2014 at 8:40 AM

      Probably not. With the budget Scrooge McLoria has allowed this team, I think it’s more likely that they’ll trade the Iron Giant and built around Vernon Wells.

      • themanytoolsofignorance - Jan 24, 2014 at 10:47 AM

        Ugh. Wells. Nice guy but done as a ball player. I’d love to see him in a booth doing commentary for games, but the thought if him approaching a plate with a bat makes me cringe.

      • Old Gator - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:20 PM

        Probably moreso than the plate at that. If Wells swung at the plate, he’d probably hit the chalk line.

  12. anxovies - Jan 24, 2014 at 3:25 PM

    I wish the Yankees had the ML players to trade for this guy. An outfield of Beltran, Ellsbury and Stanton would look pretty good. Maybe Gary Sanchez and Nuno? It would gut the ML system to some extent but there’s not much there anyway.

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