There is absolutely no way that Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton signs a long-term deal with the team at this moment in time. In fact, it does not look like he will sign a long-term contract when his current deal with the team runs out–unless the way the team is run is changed and the brass behind the team’s management decisions decide to bring better ball players than what Miami is fielding now.
Nonetheless, Stanton’s contract, along with the contracts of Logan Morrison, Wade LeBlanc, Mike Dunn, Alex Sanabia and Henderson Alvarez, were all renewed on Saturday. Stanton is due to make $537,000 for the Marlins and since he does not have more than three years of MLB experience, he does not have renegotiating leverage.
There is hope that a possible deal will get done, especially when looking at the history of renewing contracts around baseball in the past. The Seattle Mariners renewed Felix Hernandez‘s contract three times and still re-signed him to a mega deal. However, the Mariners were never as poorly managed as the Marlins have been despite signing players like Chone Figgins and Richie Sexson to bad contracts.
The team’s payroll last season was well over $100 million and after this offseason, the Marlins dropped to $38 million in team payroll. If owner Jeffrey Loria is trying to save money to offer Stanton a huge deal, he is doing a great job of keeping it a secret.