Marlins not discussing extension with Giancarlo Stanton
UPDATE: The Marlins are trying to extend Stanton, now, to join Jose Fernandez as a franchise cornerstone. Whether he shares that dream is yet to be determined.
Once again, as Giancarlo Stanton news goes, so do the hopes that a team other than the lowly Marlins will secure his services. It does not seem as though Miami is interested in retaining the slugger's bat.
It'll be a one-year deal for Stanton this year, worth $6.5 million. Long has Stanton been rumored as the next Marlin gone, as the team has become reputable for dumping players for money. Even after purging their roster of Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, and others in a trade with the Blue Jay last year, the Fish clunb to Stanton amid swirling rumors of his inevitable departure.
That depature will remain ambiguous (He is set to hit free agency in 2016), but Miami's decision to stick with a year-to-year plan indicates they don't have big, serious ideas yet about rebuilding around him.
Stanton's big asset is obviously his power, which has been responsible for a .535 career slugging percentage, 117 home runs in four seasons, and a baseball deposited into Ashburn Alley at Citizens Bank Park last year.
The Phillies are consistently linked to Stanton each time his availability is brought up, the most recent instance including Ruben Amaro admitting he's tried to aquire the 24-year-old "at least ten times."