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Giancarlo Stanton, Marlins agree on $6.5 million deal

    The Marlins avoided arbitration with all three of their eligible players -- Giancarlo Stanton, Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn -- before Friday's 1 p.m. deadline.

    Stanton landed the biggest contract of the three, agreeing to a 1-year, $6.5 million contract. According to Ken Rosenthal of Foxsports.com, Stanton will also receive a $100,000 bonus by reaching 600 plate appearances.

    Stanton's contract is not a Marlins' team record for a first-year arbitration player. That mark belongs to Miguel Cabrera, who landed a $7.4 million deal in 2007.

    One-year deals were also worked out for Cishek ($3.8 million) and Dunn ($1.4 million).

    Had the Marlins not reached agreements by Friday's deadline, they would have gone to a hearing with the players and have an arbitrator settle the dispute. Cabrera had his '07 contract settled in that manner.

    The question now becomes: Will it be the last contract Stanton signs with the Marlins? The two sides have not discussed a long-term extension, and with two arbitration years remaining, the team could decide the best time to trade might be after the upcoming season. Or, they could make Stanton an offer after the season, one that he could either accept or refuse.

    Stay tuned.


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Flav C.

The Marlins is paying Giancarlo almost $1.2 million above the projected arb salary, plus incentives.

They are also paying Cishek $ 500k above the projected arb salary.

So much for insulting them.

Al Z Heimers

said the sage one to the senile fool.

Canada Mike

1 year deal… that'll give Loria time to trade him for a used Bic lighter, 2 bald tires and a Pez dispenser


Loria traded Miguel Cabrera to the Tigers after the 2007 season. I think that gives us an inkling of what will happen a year from now.


Cishek and Stanton should have already been gone to the Pirates at last year's trade deadline. SMarte, GCole and the Pirates #1 pitching prospect JTaillon would have looked great in Marlins uniforms this season AND saved the team a bunch of money!


keep smoking that good sheet in Delray and dreaming up phantom trades

Small Ball

Delray, I agree. Stanton is a good ball player and a heck of an athlete. But I think his mediocre batting average and sub par defense should be enough to trade him while we can still sell high.

But all the fans that Bi*ch and Moan about dumping all the good players (who don't go to the games anyway),had the makings and would have been a PR nightmare.

Large Ball

Who's we? you got a samson in your pocket?

Smal Ball

We. I was referring to myself, the Marlins organization, and fans alike. I think 'we' is/was the appropriate usage.

If the Marlins want to play beamer ball, the Marlins cannot placate to the.. um.. half-hearted fan base in Miami.

Dump Stanton for prospects, build pitching, defense, and speed. Like I said, sell high, because soon people will realize that he ain't Miggy 2.0. Not close.

The Marlins aren't going to spend, that's a fact. Why bother pretending then, it just sets the organization back.

Welcome to Miami

I guess changing his me back to Giancarlo finally paid off


Loria, an art dealer in real life, is a dealer--not a keeper or collector. Of course he'll deal Stanton, Cishek, likely even Fernandez, to cut payroll, rather than keep them and pay them a lot more. That's just his M.O. Too bad he hasn't applied it to unload the franchise itself. Let's try to get him thinking that way: Jeffrey? Jeffrey! Hey, Jeffrey, you really ought to check into what price you could get for the Marlins. Come on, make a few calls. You may be glad you did.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Why would Loria the carpetbagger racketeer sell the Marlins? It's a cash cow for him. All he has to do is average maybe a 5,000 paid attendance per game, then he just practically gives away another 10-15,000 tickets so that people will overpay for beer and hot dogs and other healthy foods, then he can sit out home and count the cash. He breaks even on the Marlins' revenue versus expenses and gets to POCKET millions upon millions off revenue sharing from teams like the Yankees, Dodgers, and Angels. He announces a contrived attendance figure of 18-20,000, so people are none the wiser, especially the Ray Charles-like Herald sports writers, who wouldn't recognize investigative journalism if they tripped over it.


every team (nfl or mlb, etc) announces the same contrived attendance figure. even the phillies announces a sold-out game when in fact there are less than 20,000 attending the game.
bizofbaseball.com had a very good article on this topic about a year ago.


Why would the Marlins beat writers bite the hand that feeds them? They never print breaking news on the Marlins.They always get beat to the punch by the national MLB writers like Rosenthal,Heyman,Olney etc. Rarely,if ever,are the Marlins beat writers 1st with the story,especially if it is controversial.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

YOLO, forest for the trees.
Young, it's NOT the beat writers like Clark that I'm referring to. Beat writers are not in a position to write their opinions. It's the columnists, like Beaver Face Barry Jackson. And on top of those guys you listed, how does the NEW TIMES beat them out on what may have been the sports story of the year, when it happened right here under their collective noses? Because they're lazy ... investigative journalism takes hard work and commitment. This bunch just wants to punch a clock and fill column space.


mr. know-it-all, instead of a ridiculous comeback, give yourself some time and look for the article on bizofbaseball.com that talks about "EVERY" mlb team lying about their attendance. your nemesis (loria) is not alone.

Action Jackson

Why do you think they're called "beat writers" for ?

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Again, forest for the trees. I don't need to visit a website to know that plenty of teams inflate attendance figures. It's a well-known fact and it's hardly news. And it also has ABSOLUTELY ZILCH to do with my point. So instead of straining yourself to think up some more sophomoric name-calling, you might want to try putting things within their proper context and perspective... OR you can always skip to the next comment if you don't like mine.

Flav C.


To your point: Why would Loria not sell this team in a year or 2 (when he will owe no percentage of the team sale)?

Selling the team in a couple of years would bring to his pockets around $ 550 -600 million dollar, and he would owe nothing to the City of Miami by then.

However, if Loria continues operating the way you described, it means pocketing around $30 million/year (operating income plus revenue sharing).

So, why wait more than 10-12 years to amass an amount that you could bring to your pocket with one simple move?

I guess it would make sense to a 73 years old art-dealer.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Flav C, in a word, ego.

And those are all very cogent points you make, and all true of course. I actually think your last point is the best chance we have for him to sell the team, where you mention his age. Meaning that, given his age and the sizeable gut he carries around, it may not be too far into the future when he will not be able to continue his micro-managing the franchise. Remember, even George Steinbrenner (speaking of ego) had to hand over the reins in his final years due to failing health.

Stan M

It was disheartening about a year ago to read that other ML owners actually like Loria. I can think of no conceivable reason unless he somehow is a counterweight to the big spenders and has some effect in holding down salaries.
As DT points out immediately above, his age and possible physical condition comprise our major hopes that he will sell once the contractual commitment is obviated. And our most ominous drawback is his ego. Who can forget when it was he who escorted Mohammad Ali around the park. A fiasco, yes. But in his eyes it was all about him and his recent accomplishments; which also turned out badly. Is there any doubt that this would be at least a minimally better team without his interference. Flav's monetary considerations above also point to the reasonableness of selling the team, I have a poverty of knowledge about such things as capital gains taxes and player depreciation factors which might come into play. Let us hope and pray that a sale is more financially judicious than transferring ownership to you know who.

Stan M

Here is a link to an ESPN evaluation of the long term prospects for all 30 ML teams. The Marlin's do not have the long term potential that some of us hope for according to there 3 "experts". Personally, I would have rated our farm system 3-4 categories higher, and the fifth category, which proports to show teams unburdened with large immovable contracts but with a stable of young players should have has the Marlins near the top, not the bottom. By contrast, the fact they rate management so high is a puzzle. Especially when they cite Loria's ownership as a negative factor within the same piece.



Just read this interesting tweet from Jim Bowden....

Jennings @marlins told us they have communicated with Giancarlo Stanton their desire to sign him to a longterm deal the soonerthebetter XM89


satnton will make Loria pay thru the nose to buy out his 1st FA years. And his fatazz,too. Orherwise,adios Schnoria.

Dionysus Thelxinoe

If the report is true, then this is my guess as to what they have in mind: another heavily back-loaded contract, in which they'll pay him arbitration-like numbers during what WOULD have been his arbitration seasons anyway (i.e., what they would have paid him in any case), then a huge bump to a free-agent type salary, at which point, he is as good as gone from here, only they'll get talent in return rather than draft picks. A sound strategy by the Marlins, if I'm right, but with one flaw ... if I'm Stanton, I don't buy it. Why would he let them decide where he ends up playing?

Caveat emptor

Stanton will not buy anything that Loria is trying to sell to him.

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