Marlins Have Discussed Extension For Stanton

11:42pm: The team hasn't yet reached out to Stanton about a potential contract extension, reports MLB.com's Peter Gammons (on Twitter).

8:13am: The Marlins have discussed the possibility of presenting Giancarlo Stanton with a "big, crooked" contract offer, according to ESPN.com's Buster Olney (on Twitter). Wasserman Media Group represents Stanton, who isn't yet arbitration eligible.

When MLBTR's Mike Axisa examined the possibility of an extension for Stanton earlier this offseason, he pointed out that Justin Upton ($50MM), Jay Bruce ($51MM) and Carlos Gonzalez ($80MM) signed recent long-term deals that could be relevant to Stanton's case. We can now add Andrew McCutchen ($51.5MM) to the list as well.

Gonzalez, Upton, Bruce and McCutchen had accumulated two or more years of service time by the time they signed long-term, but Stanton has just one year and 118 days of MLB service at this point. He won't be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season.

Stanton's career power numbers and rate stats are comparable to the ones Gonzalez had when he signed a year ago, so Gonzalez's seven-year, $80MM contract could be a target for Stanton. If he signs long-term, his contract may include an escalator in case he qualifies for super two status following the 2012 season.

Mike Axisa contributed to this post.


34 Responses to Marlins Have Discussed Extension For Stanton Leave a Reply

  1. Tirameenlasbolas 3 years ago

    Giancarlo?  Can I still call him Mike?

    • Paul Shailor 3 years ago

      He says people call him all sorts of names and he responds to them. He prefers giancarlo though on the baseball field. Personall I prefer Giancarlo, more unique and he no longer has the same name as the reliever.

    • redsx968 3 years ago

      He should just go all out. Giancarlo World Peace

    • legaryd 3 years ago

      I like Giancarlo, it removes the tiny possibility that I accidentally draft Mike Stanton the reliever in my fantasy league by accident. 

  2. I wonder if the Marlins would try to go for a longer deal, trying to get more years. 

  3. 7 years $100 million just like Pujols.

  4. This is a must for the Marlins, as his potential for Super Two status, as well as his player profile (lots of HRs, RBI, and games played) are the perfect recipe for high arb figures.

  5. Lunchbox45 3 years ago

    Sign him forever

    • It would be pretty interesting to see a guy sign a deal like Wakefield’s but with mutual options.

      Something like:

      2012 – $3MM
      2013 – $5MM
      2014 – $8MM
      2015 – $11MM
      2016 – $15MM
      2017 – 2025 – Mutual Option @ $19MM

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        Mutual options are pretty unusual to be exercised unless you also attach a buyout to them. Rarely do you get a point where both team and player want the deal. The team wants to pay less usually. And the player usually wants more money and more security. This is why players sign long deals because he could get that sort of money on the open market with his career production line but why sign a mutual option for that money when you get the same amount of money for 6 years it reduces the risk for the player especially when the teams don’t offer short deals with much more money

        • Yeah I mean I understand the theory behind it.

          I just find Wakefield’s recurring $5MM option pretty cool.

          • Guest 3 years ago

            That was a recurring club option though, but I agree

            Edit: But you already knew that, based on your original post

          • The only reason I said mutual is because it gives both sides some leverage.

            I keep thinking how cool it would be if you had a guy like Pujols who, instead of signing a 10 year deal, kept signing 1 yer deals for $30MM.

            I know it won’t happen, but it would be pretty awesome.  Seeing them bounce around the league, possibly winning a bunch of WS.

          • the player would have to be a total b-a, who had (unjustified) faith in his ability to dominate year after year.

          • Yeah for sure.  I don’t understand why a guy like CC wouldn’t do it.  He’s made over $100MM in his career so why not go year to year now.  Will you lose out on $10MM or so, maybe.  But you would also get to pick where you play every year.  Get courted every year.  It’d be pretty cool.

        • Yeah I mean I understand the theory behind it.

          I just find Wakefield’s recurring $5MM option pretty cool.

        • melonis_rex 3 years ago

          Start with the 1st year of free agency, and begin alternating them club-player-player-club-player-player with the salary escalating per year.

          Essentially buying out the first free agent year, and then giving the team an option to lock him up to subsequent 3 year deals that he can opt out of each year.

      • LazerTown 3 years ago

        Mutual options are pretty unusual to be exercised unless you also attach a buyout to them. Rarely do you get a point where both team and player want the deal. The team wants to pay less usually. And the player usually wants more money and more security. This is why players sign long deals because he could get that sort of money on the open market with his career production line but why sign a mutual option for that money when you get the same amount of money for 6 years it reduces the risk for the player especially when the teams don’t offer short deals with much more money

    • It would be pretty interesting to see a guy sign a deal like Wakefield’s but with mutual options.

      Something like:

      2012 – $3MM
      2013 – $5MM
      2014 – $8MM
      2015 – $11MM
      2016 – $15MM
      2017 – 2025 – Mutual Option @ $19MM

  6. bigpat 3 years ago

    Two Marlins players had name changes in the offseason, who’s next? 

  7. LUWahooNatFan 3 years ago

    Good luck with that(fingers crossed he leaves)

  8. LUWahooNatFan 3 years ago

    Good luck with that(fingers crossed he leaves)

  9. Karkat 3 years ago

    Remember Marlins, a long-term, team-friendly contract gives him much more trade value when you want to have another fire sale in a few years!

    • adammyst 3 years ago

      So clever, did you come up with that all by yourself?!

  10. ObamaDinoKiller 3 years ago

    i wanna be a bear

  11. ObamaDinoKiller 3 years ago

    i wanna be a bear

  12. Mike Stanton is gonna clear 50 bombs at least 5 seasons. This guy is a monster.

  13. legaryd 3 years ago

    Well Pujols deal was 8 years ago and the price of cracker jacks has gone up since then.  He could use Pujols’ 7/$100 and CarGo’s 7/$80 as comps and ask them to split the difference for a 7/$90 contract.

    7/$90 would be an aggressive offer, but not a crazy one given Stanton’s Ball-so-hardness.

  14. Karkat 3 years ago

    It’s true, the second one was the prolonged draining of their top talent.

    (Yes I know I’m being a little absurd, it was just a silly, if not entirely unsubstantiated, comment. When Hanley leaves and Jose loses his speed Stanton could be a valuable rebuilding trade chip if he has three cheap years left on a contract.)

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