If there is anyone who needs to have a solid start to the year, it is Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton. His contract situation is giving everyone involved with the Marlins, including the fans, headaches because Miami has not offered him one. Stanton is not going to negotiate unless the organization shows some stability.
Well, this is Miami’s and Stanton’s chance to show some stability. The 24-year-old right fielder is coming off a season where he was not too productive. He had plenty of injuries to battle through as well. He played in 116 games for Miami, hitting 24 home runs and driving in 62 RBIs. They were his lowest totals since joining the team in 2010. However, he only struck out 140 times, which was also his lowest since 2010.
Spring Training is where Stanton can start to get hot. Miami needs him, and with the lineup looking 10 times better than it did at last year’s Opening Day, another strong season could be in the works for the slugger. Having Jarrod Saltalamacchia and the possible emergence of Christian Yelich surrounding him will be extremely helpful. Stanton did not have anything close to that last year.
It will be very important for him to get back into the swing of things. His career with the Marlins depends on it. If it turns out he wants to get traded to a different team, building value for himself will be very important as well.
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