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Jennings: Marlins have interest in signing Stanton long-term

The Marlins have indicated to Giancarlo Stanton that they'd like him to stick around past the point he becomes eligible for free agency. Whether Stanton would ever agree to a contract extension keeping him in Miami beyond the 2016 season is anyone's guess, and many feel the Marlins are facing an uphill battle.

Still, Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said Thursday in a radio interview that the team is interested in getting a long-term deal done with Stanton, and sooner would be better than later.

"We have had conversations with his representatives," Jennings told Jim Bowden and Holden Kusher on Sirius/XM's "Inside Pitch." "Anytime you're looking to long-term someone, certainly the sooner the better."

Stanton and the Marlins recently reached agreement on a 1-year deal that will pay him $6.5 million next season. He'll have two salary arbitration years remaining after this one, at which point he would become eliglble to offer his services to the highest bidder, and given the calls the Marlins have received from other teams expressing trade interest in Stanton, it's safe to say he'll command a hefty deal.

The Marlins know full well that if they have any chance at all of keeping Stanton, it'll take a sweet proposal. Stanton will very likely hit eight figures in his second year of arbitration, and his salary will go even higher in his third and final year. So those would be starting points for the Marlins in negotiating any deal in which they would also try to buy out three or more seasons after 2016.

"There's a bit of comfort that goes to the player knowing he has security for 'x' number of years and to the organization that now has cost certainty for 'x' numbr of years," Jennings said. "In terms of a timetable, we think sooner is better. It has been discussed and talked about with both Giancarlo and his agent. Now it's just a matter of, 'OK, let's continue to talk about this' and come up with a number of years and a dollar (amount) that's going to reflect his value to us in the marketplace and move forward from there."

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Stan M

This is off subject, but a very interesting report on a Marlin prospect that few know about but who could be a huge part of the teams future. Something positive for a change.

http://mlb.mlb.com/news/article.jsp?ymd=20140115&content_id=66627514&vkey=news_mia&c_id=mia

Flav C.

Stan,

I mentioned Witgren lots of times here in this forum, while he was still pitching in Jupiter.

He is a solid reliever, no doubt about it. Not sure if he is closer-material, though. I can see him as a the kind of guy who can pitch 2 effective innings out of the bullpen, 7th or 8th inning type of guy.

To Clark's point on his article above: Stanton's arbitration salaries in the 2nd and 3rd year would only skyrocket if he is able to: 1 - Stay healthy and 2 - Produce big numbers.

If "2014 Stanton" is the same as 2013, rest assured his arb numbers would not be that big.

Juan Yanes

I think Stanton have terrific power at bat but still lack of confidence with runner in scoring position and most of the time make swing to bad throws, he needs work in this weakness

Stan M

Flav, I remember. You first pointed him out to me about 6-8 months ago.

Addressing Stanton, and I realize we has different opinions, I will try to express mine in more detail.
First, I thing ego is extremely important in the salaries and their negotiations. Well established ML players who have accumulated 15 million or so over their careers, could invest their money at only 5 percent, spend $1500 s day for the rest of their lives, and never touch the principle. At some point ego among ones peers is, in my opinion a very important factor in a players signing. We sometimes hear, the team disrespected me, think Cano. That is why I think it is terribly important that the Marlins massage Stanton's psyche. I'm glad that this one year contract is over scale.
Should the team offer a long term contract? As we discussed, his pitch selection hasn't really improved and he is injury prone. In addition, I have never forgotten when Keith Hernandez said that he has a "slider speed bat". None the less, this is a team with a catastrophic PR problem among its fans. Loria, in order to gain any respect and renewed fan interest simply must offer him a reasonable long term contract. Of course he won't sign it at this time. But it will show him that the club is interested and should the club improve (I saw one forecast that picked them for third in 2014) he might reconsider. If you recall, Loria made a fair offer to Uggla which he refused. I don't believe his subsequent trade was as upsetting as it would have been if he had not made that offer. This same principle applies to Stanton. Should he decline a fair offer and is traded, I think fan reaction would be somewhat subdued. In summary, I think a long term offer is called for at this time, but whether it is accepted or not is of less importance at this time.

juanv

I hope they move him for a good deal and spend that money on international signings and the draft. I like Stanton a lot but I would hate to see the marlins not signing anybody else because of the money tied to one player and budget restrictions. unless they start competing in the next two years and actually bring in people to the stadium. if not I rather see them move him for top prospects. and improve there minor leagues to number 1 in baseball.

Russell

Signing him to a long-term deal means absolutely nothing unless there's a no-trade clause. Once he's "signed" they could trade away his salary at any time.

All the following had long-term deals signed by the Marlins during the Loria era, how many really stayed long term?

Reyes
Buehrle
Bell
Lowell
Lo Duca
Ramirez
Delgado

The only one I can think of who was here more than 1yr into their deal is Hanley.
So offering Stanton to a multi-year deal under the Loria regime = BFD

Flav C.

Luis Castillo signed a 3 year deal late 2003. Played 04/05.

Alex Gonzalez signed a 2 year deal late 2003. Played 04/05.

JJ signed a 4 year deal early 2010. Played 10/11/12.

Nolasco signed a 3 year deal late 2010. Played 11/12/and half 2013.

And maybe we can include Greg Dobbs,who signed 2 year contract late 2011. Played 12/13.

the Truth

Gain respect and renew crowd interest??? Loria can stand on his head and fart hundred dollar bills for few people that go to Marlins Park...Wont matter. Respecting Loria, and interest in attending Marlins games is history. Case closed. End of story.

Russell

Thanks Flav, I forgot about Johnson and Nolasco.

Ward Cleaver

Hell NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO...just more B.S from the Beaver

Dionysus Thelxinoe

Stan, thanks for the link. You know where I stand. I posted my response on that thread and it's nothing you haven't seen me post right here, other than maybe the utter shamelessness in the way he hides behind his lackeys and lies to us, as if those two have any real autonomy. It just never ceases to amaze me what a low-life weasel Loria is.

Flav C.

Stan, you already know I'm very skeptical of articles that have comments based on "unnamed sources". I really do believe in facts and data.

To me, there is just one way to validate scientifically if Loria is relinquishing his heavy hand on this team: The moves/trades/acquisitions made during this off-season.

Loria is notorious to meddle with the team during the offseason with a bunch of non-baseball moves (Bell, Buck, etc).

This offseason, the team had some holes to fill up: Catcher, and more production on 3B and 1B.

Salty is a no-doubter. He can bring alone more production than the 3 other catchers in the organization together. That was a good baseball move.

Garrett Jones acquisition has its doubters. I'm not one of them. Jones is a solid every day player and can bring more to the plate than LoMo, who will continue his career in Seattle as a part-time 1B or DH. He struggles against lefties. For that, the Marlins has Ed Lucas, who hit .330 against lefties last season and will platoon 1B. Again, that was a baseball move.

McGehee if can bring his performance of last season in Japan, it would fit perfectly on 3B, while the team wait for Moran. I have no doubt he can bring more production at 3B than the combo Polanco/Lucas/Dobbs.

Right there, you have 3 baseball-oriented moves, not one of those crazy, non-sense moves that we usually see when Loria decides to interfere.

Maybe this a sign that he is giving some freedom to Hill and Jennings. At least, for now.

A Realist

Signing Stanton to a long-term deal is not the priority for this franchise. They need to focus on keeping Fernandez and other young players who want to be here. He has already intimated that he is not happy here and prefers being in California. Why overpay for him to be here and jeopardize your future chances of acquiring other good players or signing your own good players due to lack of financial resources? It makes no sense. Let him walk. We have other good young players in the outfield that are far better defensively, might I add. One bad seed can ruin it for the whole bunch. Look at how other teams who have signed players to huge contracts have faired after. The Angels are regretting that Pujols deal. Detroit regretted that Fielder deal. The Yankees are still regretting the Alex Rodriguez deal. History repeats itself. Pay attention front office, Mr. Jennings.

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