Marlins Avoid Arb With Stanton, Cishek

The Marlins have agreed to a one-year deal with Giancarlo Stanton, thereby avoiding arbitration, according to Juan C. Rodriguez of the Miami Sun Sentinel (on Twitter). Rodriguez tweets that Stanton will earn $6.5MM in 2014, while Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports tweets that he'll earn an additional $100K if he reaches 600 PAs.

The slugging 24-year-old was projected to earn $4.8MM by MLBTR contributor Matt Swartz, though Swartz further explained that a substantially higher number would not be surprising. Given the reportedly rocky relationship between Stanton and the Fish, the two sides' ability to reach agreement on a challenging arbitration case would seem to bode well for harmony going forward.

All recent reports have indicated that Stanton is not likely to be dealt over the current off-season, and it will be worth watching to see whether any momentum could build toward an extension. Stanton would reach the open market before the 2017 season if a new deal is not reached in the meantime.

Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald reports that the Fish have also avoided arbitration with closer Steve Cishek (Twitter link). The side-arming righty will earn $3.8MM in 2014.

The 27-year-old had projected to land at $3.2MM for his Super Two arbitration year. Cishek has established himself as a strong big leaguer, with a career 2.48 ERA in 192 1/3 innings. That mark has not strayed above 2.69 in any one season, and last year it checked in at a sturdy 2.33 earned per nine. Cishek maintained a stellar strikeout rate (9.6 K/9) in 2013 while improving his command (career-low 2.8 BB/9). He still carries three more years of team control. 

25 Responses to Marlins Avoid Arb With Stanton, Cishek Leave a Reply

  1. charles 2 years ago

    stanton to seattle for the following

    • cjr45 2 years ago

      Who is Choi and Pike I hope not relief pitchers.

      • charles 2 years ago

        choi 1st basemen and tyler pike starting pitchers
        go to the mariners website Ji-Man Choi and you can see tyler pike #4 prospect link to

      • charles 2 years ago

        1st basemen and starting pitcher

        • cjr45 2 years ago

          thank you for replying.

          • charles 2 years ago

            think of choi of a sin soo choo but better on base percentage and younger and tyler pike 19 years old from double a clinton 7-4 2.39 era

          • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

            Choo had an OBP of .423 last year (good for 4th in the MLB and 2nd in the NL) I don’t think Choi can be said to be Choo with better OBP!

          • MB923 2 years ago

            You sure about that? Choo’s career OBP is .389.

          • charles 2 years ago

            in the 3 years that choi has been in the minor leagues his career obp is 411 so yea i am sure

          • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

            Minor League stat don’t always (in fact normally don’t) translate to the MLB. For example Brandon Wood hit 20-40 HR a year in the minor and then hit 18 in 5 MLB seasons. Mike Tout (the best player in the MLB) saw his OBP drop 25 points when he moved up to the MLB.
            Bottom line minor league stats are NOT MLB stats!

          • Teufelshunde4 2 years ago

            Funny thing is Trout stunk when he was first called up in 2011.. I use that fact when people complain about a young players struggles in his first taste of big leagues..

  2. BrocNessMonster 2 years ago

    Giancarlo is already too expensive for Miami. Haha

  3. Teufelshunde4 2 years ago

    Smart move by Fins to overpay and attempt to buy some goodwill. Still think Stanton will be a Ranger by midseason or next.

    • WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

      The Choo signing and the Fielder/Kinsler trade very well may have taken TEX out of the running for Stanton. They have a highly paid impact bat in the OF and 1B now and after trading Kinsler they can no longer include Profar in a trade for Stanton.

      • alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

        If they really wanted to they could trade Profar, I doubt the Marlins would object if Texas wanted a MLB 2B back. Nobody major just someone you can pencil in everyday.

      • Teufelshunde4 2 years ago

        Rangers have the prospects for Stanton still.

  4. alphabet_soup5 2 years ago

    Stanton-Fielder would probably be the best #3 and #4 hitters in the game.

  5. ariel777 2 years ago

    Don’t be surprised if you see a deal between the Dodgers and the Marlins in which Stanton and Puig change uniforms. It would be beneficial to both clubs, and certainly looks doable, and desirable for both clubs for rather obvious reasons.

    • cjr45 2 years ago

      Puig will have to mature a lot before any trade happens.

  6. Sasha 2 years ago

    probably. I hope we trade him soon and don’t just let him walk away in ’17

  7. WhoKilledTheRallyMonkey 2 years ago

    Texas is going to run out of prospects one day and regret it. Take it from this LAA fan its not worth it. Remember the Chris Davis for Koji trade? It can get even worse than that!

  8. Guest 2 years ago

    1) I cant read any of those stats you posted and 2) even if he does have good minor league stats that’s a far cry from posting an OBP above .400 in the MLB!

  9. Chet Steadman 2 years ago

    koji did perform for us when Davis didn’t. he even said he just couldn’t make it work….But you failed to mention Cliff Lee who we stole and carried us to our 1st World Series! But all in all….i sure agree with what you said. There’s no way to extend a guy your trading for before the trade is actually completed is there??

  10. Chet Steadman 2 years ago

    for instance….if we trade for Price, is there any way to say “Hey, we need a commitment for an extension as soon as the trade is done.” in that case, i think unloading prospects is fine…because a prospect is just a prospect, 50% never pan out. That’s my take on it.

  11. Jim McGrath 2 years ago

    I agree a “Prospect is a Prospect.”
    Xander Bogaerts and a top positional Prospect and a top pitching Prospect to the Marlins for Stanton and Cishek.

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