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Giancarlo Stanton could become the rare homegrown star the Miami Marlins pay.
Due to Jeffrey Loria’s notorious frugality, Giancarlo Stanton’s tenure with the Miami Marlins has long figured to be temporary. Given the Marlins’ long history of hosting garage sales after finding success, it only made sense to speculate about the star slugger's future.
Always a popular component of trade talks, Stanton’s name may soon get removed from such reports. According to The Boston Globe’s Nick Cafardo, the outfielder’s stellar season may convince the stingy owner to finally open his wallet:
It seems as if the Red Sox and other teams have finally come to the realization that Stanton isn’t going anywhere. The theme has been repeated constantly by GM Dan Jennings, who really believes that owner Jeffrey Loria will step up and get a deal done even if it’s a Robinson Cano/Albert Pujols type of contract.
That could be a reason why the Red Sox obtained Cespedes, who obviously isn’t as good but has the power and athleticism to improve. This offseason will be telling on the Stanton front. He has a home in Miami and feels the organization is going in the right direction, so, for now, he seems to be all in on staying with the Marlins.
Fueling Miami’s unlikely pursuit of a winning record, the 24-year-old is batting .290/.390/.542 with 26 home runs, 74 RBI and 71 runs. He’s even swiped a career-high 10 bases with a perfect success rate.
More importantly, he’s stayed on the field all year long after battling injuries often throughout his young career. With no obvious choice to take home National League MVP honors, Stanton and his 4.5 fWAR belong in the discussion.
Over the past four seasons, Stanton ranks second in homers (121), sixth in slugging percentage (.543) and eighth in weighted runs created (147). In a league enjoying its best pitching in years, the 6’6”, 240-pound masher has emerged as a rare elite power source.
He’ll also enter free agency before his age-27 season, so Loria can’t make the excuse about not wanting to pay a declining star into his late 30s. Seven years after dealing Miguel Cabrera, the Marlins can make amends by keeping their transcendent hitter this time around.