In one season with the Miami Marlins, shortstop Jose Reyes went from winning the NL batting title with a .337/.384/.493 slash line to a .287/.347/.433 slash line. Mark Buehrle had a 3.59 ERA with the Chicago White Sox before increasing it to 3.74 and inflating his home runs allowed from 21 to 26.
The team’s unhappiness with the amount of money spent on these players without the expected results is one of the reasons why Miami is not going to commit large sums of money to young players.
This is the case with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. Stanton re-signed with the Marlins on Friday, avoiding arbitration. He is one of the most coveted outfielders in the league, and he will only be making $6.5 million in 2014. Miami does not seem willing to re-sign Stanton right away because of what happened to them in 2012 when the results were not there.
Looking at the rest of the market and how big-name players fizzle out when they cash in could also have an affect on the Marlins’ front office.
Stanton’s last two seasons have been injury-riddled even though he played more than 100 games. In 2013, with no protection around him, Stanton managed to only bat .249/.365/.480 with 24 home runs and 62 RBIs — his lowest totals since entering the league in 2010.
The 24-year-old will be able to enter free agency in 2017, and you know the big-market teams are going to throw tons of money at him. Miami needs to either trade him for prospects or try to re-sign him quickly before his time with the team runs out.