Somebody is going to pay the mighty Giancarlo Stanton a whole lot of money. Is it possible that the Miami Marlins will actually be that team?
To hand out a multi-year contract in the “hundreds of millions” neighborhood is not necessarily something that Marlins do often under the leadership of owner Jeffrey Loria. But the team might view Stanton as a case all his own.
That makes sense. Stanton’s power makes him a singular talent, and he is still only 24 years old. At that young age he already has 143 career home runs and is putting together his best season yet with a .293/.392/.551 slash line thus far.
Nick Cafardo writes that the Marlins will take a look at being the team to lock Stanton up to a big, blockbuster contract. That is something that affected their thinking as they declined any and all trade offers for the slugging outfielder.
It seems as if the Red Sox and other teams have finally come to the realization that Stanton isn’t going anywhere. The theme has been repeated constantly by GM Dan Jennings, who really believes that owner Jeffrey Loria will step up and get a deal done even if it’s a Robinson Cano/Albert Pujols type of contract.
Because of the Marlins’ shady history when it comes to handling contracts with big money and then proceeding to hold “fire sales,” the trade rumors around Stanton might never go away. But they will sure have a new wrinkle to them if Stanton gets paid by the Marlins.