Marlins Not Trading Stanton, Will Pursue Top-Of-Rotation Starters In Offseason

Reports have surfaced that the Marlins plan to make legitimate run at extending Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, and MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro hears the same, shedding more light on the situation. According to his sources, the Marlins are serious about not only building around Stanton, but supplementing him by adding a top-flight starter this winter. Frisaro says the 2015 payroll could jump to $75MM, which, while modest relative to the rest of the league, would be about $30MM higher than the team’s Opening Day payroll from the current season. He suggests that the team could make a run at James Shields on the open market, who would front the rotation while Jose Fernandez rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

Suffice it to say, Frisaro gets the impression that the Marlins won’t be trading Stanton under any circumstances this offseason. In fact, he hears that even in the event that Stanton doesn’t sign an extension, the team is comfortable going year-to-year and keeping him as long as possible, then watching him leave in free agency. Miami feels that it has built a team that can be a serious postseason contender in 2015 and 2016 — Stanton’s final two years of arbitration eligibility.

As it stands right now, the Marlins could slot a free agent starter atop their rotation and fill in the remaining four spots with Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi, Jarred Cosart and Tom Koehler. Fernandez projects to return around the All-Star break next year, if not sooner, and the team also has one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball — Andrew Heaney — looming in the minor leagues. With rising young talent such as Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna on board, that would seem to be enough to give them a chance to contend in 2015.

Frisaro adds that in the hypothetical event that the Marlins ever do decide to move Stanton, it won’t be solely for a package of prospects. The Marlins would require Major League talent from another club’s roster in addition to top prospects in order to part with their elite slugger. As Frisaro writes: “You’re not going to see a repeat of the Miguel Cabrera trade. It’s not going to be Stanton for six prospects.”


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35 Comments on "Marlins Not Trading Stanton, Will Pursue Top-Of-Rotation Starters In Offseason"


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MetsEventually
10 months 23 days ago

I’ll believe when I see it

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D.j. Wilson
10 months 23 days ago

Marlins might be a dark horse for Jon Lester

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Kyle
10 months 2 days ago

I really don’t think they would give a no-trade clause. I would think with the Marlins history that he would require it.

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D.j. Wilson
10 months 23 days ago

As an A’s fan, I obviously don’t want to lose Lester but it would be cool if he signed with the marlins. I’m moving to Miami in the winter to intern for them so I’d be fun to have him follow me lol

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kris
10 months 23 days ago

I would die for a Stanton auto

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The Padfather
10 months 23 days ago

But, but, if you die YOU wont have a Stanton auto.

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kris
10 months 21 days ago

Fine..I would kill for an auto..lol

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Jaysfan1994
10 months 23 days ago

I hope he signs with the Marlins because I know he’ll probably be with the Jays in 2016.

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Teacherhst
10 months 23 days ago

The issue with signing with the Marlins is a fear of being shipped off. Look at The last fire sale.

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Daniel1216
10 months 23 days ago

That’s why he’d probably demand a no trade clause. I know the Marlins don’t give those to anyone but Stanton is the type of player you do anything to get keep long term.

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Teacherhst
10 months 23 days ago

I agree. I meant more with a free agent, such as Lester or Shields.

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KJ4realz
10 months 23 days ago

I think the Marlins should be more inclined to offer shorter deals to FA with NTC. Anything more than 3-4 years and I’m doubting the Marlins would be willing to give NTC. Now if FA like Lester or Shields would sign for 3-4 years is another story.

If they want to stick Stanton around, giving him a 4 year 85ish deal might entice him. He’d be about 30 when it’s up then.

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Daniel1216
10 months 23 days ago

More like 28

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KJ4realz
10 months 23 days ago

Well, extension would be giving around his final arb years. Then he’d be 31 after the 4 year deal. I doubt they’d get him or try and buy out any arb years.

I honestly didn’t realize they do have him for 3 more seasons.

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The Padfather
10 months 23 days ago

He is 24 now, so he would be 29 at the end of a 4 year deal. This site (MLBTR) has a formula for calculating what a player will probably earn in arbitration and it puts Stanton at somewhere between $14 and 15 million next season and if he plays at this level next season, around $24-25 million in 2016. Stanton has more service time than Trout did when he signed his deal, so you figure he is going to want a contract that is a minimum of Trout’s 6 years $140 million. A good idea of what he may be asking for is – $14 million for 2015, $25 for 2016, $30 for 2017-2020. A total of 6 years and $159 million.

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escapingNihilism
10 months 23 days ago

talks break down when Giancarlo demands a NTC.

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Daniel1216
10 months 23 days ago

If I’m Stanton and the Marlins are offering big money without a NTC I ask for a deal like greinke’s where he can opt out after let’s say 3 years. That way he can earn his money and if he sees the team isn’t competitive and is selling players he can leave ASAP.

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Jaysfan1994
10 months 23 days ago

“He wants a NTC?! Trade him imiedately!”

-Jeffery Loria