This week we saw the Detroit Tigers pay Miguel Cabrera a big-time amount of money signing him to an eight-year, $248 million contract. Barely a day after, the Los Angeles Angels gave arguably the best player in baseball, Mike Trout, a nice six-year, $144.5 million deal. The best players on each franchise are getting paid and it makes you wonder when the Miami Marlins are going to open up its wallet to pay outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
It is becoming an age-old question surrounding Stanton and the Marlins. When will he re-sign? Stanton has already come out and said he is not signing anything until the organization shows some stability. This offseason may have peaked his interest because it was the most stable offseason anyone could have asked for. There were no huge changes like the 2013 offseason. No big names were traded and there were no fire sales. You can take that as the Marlins trying to entice Stanton to stay.
If you’re Stanton, you must be wondering what your value is on the market. If Trout can garner a hefty amount of money in just two seasons, Stanton will be asking for something similar. A contract like that of Freddie Freeman‘s could be an ideal starting point for Stanton. The Atlanta Braves gave Freeman an eight-year, $135 million extension.
The chance Miami lets him walk in his free-agent year is high. Miami may not be willing to give him what the New York Yankees or some other top-market team could give him. It would be a mistake, which is why Miami and Stanton need to bang out a deal this season.