Posted January 18, 2014

Marlins, Giancarlo Stanton not focused on long-term agreement

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Giancarlo Stanton has 117 home runs in four big league seasons. (Hector Gabino/Getty Images)

Giancarlo Stanton has 117 home runs in four big league seasons. (Hector Gabino/Getty Images)

The Marlins and right fielder Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract on Friday. But the two sides aren’t discussing a multi-year agreement, according to MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro, because “both sides felt the timing wasn’t right,” Frisaro writes.

“From the outset, I think it was in everyone’s interest to try [to] reach a fair and amicable settlement on a one-year contract,” Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe, told MLB.com. “We accomplished that. Now, Giancarlo can focus exclusively on getting ready for the season. He is pleased with the result and [is] looking forward to spring training.”

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The 24-year-old will be Miami’s highest paid player next season, and a one-year deal makes him a prime target for a midseason trade.

Stanton, who made $537,000 last year, hit a career-low .249 with 24 homers and 62 RBIs in 116 games last season. He has an .889 career OPS with 117 home runs in four seasons.

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4 comments
MrArlington
MrArlington

Why would anyone want to sign long term with the Fish? The fans stink management hasn't shown their dedication to putting together a winning team. No player would want to deal with that dumpster fire.

DODGERFAIL2013
DODGERFAIL2013

hmmmm...  who wants a guy that plays 120 games a year and is hurt with a groin or hammy issue but not on the DL for another 20 or so games?

BosephHeyden
BosephHeyden

@DODGERFAIL2013That's dumb Marlins maneuvering, not a reason to avoid trading for him.  If a team trades for Stanton (which they will), it'll be because he's averaging nearly 30 home runs a year.