Miami Marlins: Giancarlo Stanton Contract Extension Talks Should Start Now

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Giancarlo Stanton, along with Mike Dunn and Steve Cishek, filed for salary arbitration and will have their 2014 salaries decided at the end of the month as the hearings run from February 1-21. Cheap salaries sound nice for perennial relievers Cishek and Dunn, but it is time for the Miami Marlins to open up the wallet and spend a little money for its franchise player Stanton.

The Marlins have to change its policy on this man. Stanton was the only player that drew fans to the stadium before Jose Fernandez did so last season. He is the face of the franchise now, despite an injury-filled 2013. Since he came up with the Marlins in 2010, Stanton has hit 117 home runs and drove in 294 runs, and is batting .265/.354/.535. His enormous numbers are more than enough to warrant the Marlins giving him the big bucks to keep him around for a long time.

There is a problem though, and it lies with Stanton: is he willing to stay with the Marlins for a few more years?

After Miami traded a large portion of its team prior to the 2013 season, Stanton was not happy and he let his opinions be known through the media. It does not seem like Stanton would even sign a long-term contract even if he was offered one by the Marlins.

An even bigger problem is that teams like the Los Angeles Dodgers will be gunning for him, and the only options the Marlins have is to sign him or trade him. Miami is known for making fire-sale trades for prospects, but it would be a huge detriment to the franchise if Stanton is traded.

Ryan Gaydos is a MLB columnist for RantSports.com. Follow him on Twitter, “like” him on Facebook or add him to your network on Google.

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