The Miami Marlins are doing better than anyone expected, including probably the Miami Marlins, but one stretch of games isn’t enough to convince everyone that Miami has put itself in position to be successful over the long-haul.
Count Miami’s home-run-slamming superstar Giancarlo Stanton among the skeptics. He was asked if the Marlins’ surprising turnaround would be enough to convince him to commit to the franchise long-term (via Yahoo.com), and he didn’t sound ready to make that leap:
The question was whether the events of this season had altered his top-down view of the organization. He’d raised his eyes, thinking.
“Five months,” he said, “doesn’t change five years.”
Stanton is due to be a free agent in two years, and there have been plenty of rumors about the Marlins trading him before that happens, possibly this coming offseason.
Trade rumors plus the franchise’s well-known cheapness must have been on Stanton’s mind when he said “five months doesn’t change five years.” That guy has been around Miami long enough to know how they operate down there.
If history is any indication, the Marlins will unload Stanton for prospects long before he has a chance to negotiate a new deal with them. Stanton is a baseball-vaporizing monster and one of the true superstars of MLB, so he will get paid. It just won’t be by the Marlins.
Even if Miami makes the playoffs this year, the plan won’t change, and Stanton’s sentiments likely won’t change either. Positive on-field results have never altered the Marlins’ cheapskate ways in the past, so why should making the playoffs matter now?