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Marlins want to extend Giancarlo Stanton, but aren’t optimistic

Aug 8, 2014, 9:55 PM EDT

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Jon Heyman of CBS Sports writes that the Marlins plan to offer a contract extension to outfielder Giancarlo Stanton during the winter, but they aren’t optimistic about their chances. The Marlins tried to get the extension talks rolling last winter, but Stanton wanted to play out the 2014 season before making it a topic of discussion. According to Heyman, Stanton is happier with the Marlins now than when he criticized the club after they traded away Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes, among others.

Stanton, 24, is earning $6.5 million this season and will be eligible for arbitration two more times before becoming eligible for free agency, sans an extension, in 2017. If the Marlins aren’t able to come to an agreement with their slugger, they’ll have no other choice but to shop him to what will certainly be a horde of interested teams.

Stanton has had an MVP-caliber season, leading the league with 27 home runs and 76 RBI while slashing .289/.389/.546 and stealing 10 bases.

  1. The Bronx Bombers - Aug 8, 2014 at 9:59 PM

    Say hello to your newest Yankee…

  2. tn16 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:12 PM

    Cespedes Stanton in Boston

  3. papacrick - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:13 PM

    He’ll hit 50 bombs a year in that band box which equals a big time pay day. I’m sure he’ll welcome it. Not that he wouldn’t command a huge contract anyway.

  4. sportsguygerald - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:36 PM

    Getting Stanton will require a King’s ransom, what do the Yankees have to offer? Whoever trades for him will sign him for a long term deal. No way he ever hits free agency

    • chill1184 - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:14 PM

      Exactly, getting a player like Stanton is a farm emptying type trade, assuming he continues to be to quote Old Gator “The Iron Giant”. Loria deserves all the criticism he gets but their front office does know when to sell high if it comes to that part. A trade for him is going to demand some top prospects

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:23 PM

        Loria : Why can I no haz ALL the peospects?

        Sadly,he will get them all,probably a 4 to 6 team trade, with Miami getting a ton of rookies from 3 or 4 teams.

        How very much I destest that punchhole.

      • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:26 PM

        Get in line.

    • Paper Lions - Aug 9, 2014 at 8:18 AM

      The only way he doesn’t hit FA is if a team makes him a crazy offer without knowing his market. There is simply zero reason for a guy that will be entering his age 27 season as a FA to not explore the market.

  5. bronx77 - Aug 8, 2014 at 10:38 PM

    He was made to wear pinstripes.

    • Old Gator - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:28 PM

      He was made to wear Dodger blue or Angels red. He may wind up being traded to an east coast or rust belt team for the time being, but he’s a west coast kid to the bone and when the first opportunity comes to go home, he’s made no secret about his intention of taking it. You can count on that.

      • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:46 PM

        OG my man..

        I have heard that also from other sources besides here,but can either LA team find a spot for him right now? That is why I think it will have to be multiple teams involved.There are an awful lot of OF to shuffle around,including some big contracts. Also, if true he won’t sign a long term deal with any one but the Cali teams,I can’t see any team from Nevada. East giving up too many prospects.

        Tl:dr. This off season is gonna be awesome.

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:16 AM

        Well, I suspect that the Iron Giant will continue to wear those Feesh gonorrhea discharge colors until at least the July trade deadline next season anyway (unless he shuts the door on the team in negotiations this winter and someone offers them a deal they can’t refuse in the wake of his recalcitrance). He can make his killing in arbitration in the meantime if they insist on holding on to him. But mark my words: if LA or the Angels can get him, they’ll make room, and move some of their outfielders or DHs for pitching to do it. Could he wind up in San Diego under the new regime? Possibly. Would he be OK with San Francisco if they melt down completely enough this season to do something desperate? He might. But he really wants to go home. His free agency year is 201, but if he consolidates himself again after a rough July he can always use the threat of a Brobdingnagian arbitration killing to bludgeon his way out of Macondo.

        Also, there’s the problem with Scrooge McLoria’s steadfast refusal to grant no trade clauses. The Giant has seen Reyes and Buehrle screwed by Scrooge after they were promised that they wouldn’t be traded. If he’d been around sooner, he would have seen Carlos Delgado shafted the same way. He won’t be fooled into believing in McLoria’s snake oil.

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:18 AM

        …2017, that is.

      • groupofsevenrules - Aug 9, 2014 at 11:12 AM

        “Gonorrhea discharge colors.”

        ROFL.

      • asimonetti88 - Aug 9, 2014 at 4:24 PM

        Wow, can you imagine Trout and Stanton in the same lineup? As an Angels fan the thought alone is enough to make me consider investing in season tickets. I don’t know if that would ever happen because the Angels’ farm system isn’t all that strong, but man that would be fun for both Angels fans and baseball fans in general.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:29 PM

      Yes he is,but not until he is at LEAST 35.With inflation he may be worth 32- 35 mil a year.

      Yankees will offer a 10 year 700 million deal and part of the team.

      Just think, in 2026 the Yankees will have 8 DH’s.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:44 AM

      OG,thanks for replying.

      Am I wrong that a lot of teams have to be involved? I just dont see any of the Cali teams having enough spare parts to make it feasible.Don’t get me wrong,I agree he is worth whatever it takes to get him(salivating for him to come to Boston)I just dont see any non Cali team giving up too many rookies for at best a 2 year rental with a 35 to 40 million arbitration bill.

      I do love ya guy,but I think you may be a little off on this.This all off if he really wants to go back home.I only follow the Feesh from your ATH comments(which I love,even if I have too google 3 or 4 words)but I just do not see”the herpes sore of baseball owners” dealing him W/O at least 4 teams involved.

      • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:06 PM

        He really wants to go home. How he feels about Scrooge and his factotums is nearly irrelevant to the real issue, though it may exacerbate his desire to migrate westward like some heliotropic penitent on a pilgrimage. Of course, there’s always money, and it’s hard to say what would happen to anybody if a Mike Ilich throws the warehouse at the Denver Mint his way. All things being equal, though, the Iron Giant has been pretty forthcoming about his homing instinct; he’s like a sea turtle whose cranial magnetite ions were permanently aligned towards the San Fernando Valley the moment he hatched. Moonlight will do that to you.

  6. slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 8, 2014 at 11:17 PM

    I wonder what what the Feesh were going to offer him? 9.5 mil per year for 14 years?

  7. andreweac - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:28 AM

    Giancarlo will be a FA after 2016. He turns 27 in November, 2016.

    Dude will easily get a 10/$300 million contract if wants one, if not more.

    He is a special talent.

    There is simply no way he signs with the Marlins as long as Loria owns the team. Expect a deal in December 2015.

  8. bronx77 - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:59 AM

    I agree with you @oldgator about him wanting to be on the west coast. But my god would he look good in pinstripes. I doubt it will happen. I think the fish will sell him come offseason 2015 to the highest bidder. That definitely won’t be the yanks. Dodgers may have enough prospects to go after him. And I forget who it was but whoever asked if they had “room” for Stanton. That doesn’t matter. You make room for a talent like that. Every team in MLB has room for him.

    • slappymcknucklepunch - Aug 9, 2014 at 1:54 AM

      Not to be cocky,but I believe you may be refering to me.

      I agree he is worth whatever,trade the farm,he is an established once in a generation phenom,however you still need to give Mr Joffre Pukeface Alot of TALENT back.If you know on the outside that he wont sign long term,why get involved unless you get lesser coveted players back?

    • weaselpuppy - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:09 AM

      Look, we all know what’s gonna happen…history repeats itself regardless of how much you study it. Here’s how it goes every time;

      Example 1- Everyone reads about how Alexander the Great, the Mongol Horde, Tamerlane, The Caliphate, The British Empire, the Soviet Empire all attacked Afghanistan and no one held it. Didn’t stop the US. Results- Same as it ever was, says David Byrne.

      Example 2- Candidate campaigns on being an outsider who will reform Congress, run Government like a Business and Cut Waste. Results?- Earmarks for the local pig farm to take a contract from Lockheed’s fledgling bio-research division to produce CyberSwine Rural Infiltration Surveillance platforms, brokered by the CongressCritter’s cousin.

      So, we all know that next offseason, Dave Dombrowski will swoop into South Hamelin errrr Beach, turn the lights down low, play some Barry White on the hi-fi, offer up Magic Beans, Shiny New Toys and some used chopsticks…. and The Iron Giant will fittingly become the next RF and bazillion $ contract holder for the Detroit Guy Who Needs a Title Before He Croaks And Doesn’t Care About Losing Money Because He’ll Just Use CyberSwine Rejects Instead Of Pork On Your Pizza Pizza!’s.

      Same as it ever was…..same as it ever was…..same as it ever was….

    • Old Gator - Aug 9, 2014 at 12:11 PM

      Bronx: If he doesn’t sign, my guess would be that they’d move him at the deadline next July rather than wait for the orfseason. Teams on the cusp of a wild card to division title get mighty desperate and I suspect that they’d try to get the biggest haul they could – he’d still be “controllable” (oh Buddha, why did the Feesh front orifice have to introduce that stupid word into the discourse?) for another year.

  9. mungman69 - Aug 9, 2014 at 2:38 AM

    Great early am reading. Keep it up. God bless.

  10. thetoolsofignorance - Aug 9, 2014 at 3:16 AM

    Dodger Blue. Bank on it.

  11. irishlad19 - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    Boston is one of the few teams that has the minor league talent to interest Luria, and the money to interest Stanton.
    And, with their aversion to long contracts they might offer Stanton a deal that will allow him to become a FA while still in his early 30s.

  12. DonRSD - Aug 9, 2014 at 7:26 AM

    The Mets have a dynasty in the making.
    We welcome Stanton with open arms!

  13. mrpinkca - Aug 9, 2014 at 5:48 PM

    It kills me that he’s going to end up on the Dodgers.

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