Giancarlo Stanton is one of baseball's premier hitting talents, and the Miami Marlins are doing everything in their power to lock him up for the long term. The two sides have reportedly come to terms, though nothing has been finalized yet.
Continue for updates.
Monday, Nov. 17
Deal Reportedly "In Place," Announcement Expected This Week
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman provided the report while giving his thoughts on how the deal would impact the Marlins:
That landmark contract keeps the beloved Stanton in Miami at least through his 20s and maybe until he's 38, and brings credibility to a franchise that's seemed cash-strapped and beleaguered at times but appears to be on the upswing now. …
… A press conference to celebrate this shocker of a contract is expected to be held in the middle or later part of this coming week, perhaps Wednesday or Thursday.
Jon Morosi of Fox Sports later reported more on the timeline for a press conference and the status of the deal:
Saturday, Nov. 15
Stanton's Opt-Out Clause Expected to Take Effect After 2019
SB Nation's Chris Cotillo reveals contract details of Stanton's expected deal:
Friday, Nov. 14
Heyman: Marlins and Stanton Agree to Terms
CBS Sports' Jon Heyman has more on the potential contract:
Heyman previously reported on the terms of the deal:
Revised Details of Potential New Deal Revealed
Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports revised his previous estimates of the length and amount of Giancarlo Stanton's potential new contract:
Thursday, Nov. 13
Marlins and Stanton Discussing $300 Million Deal
Fox Sports' Ken Rosenthal has the latest on talks between the Marlins and Stanton:
The two sides are discussing a deal that would be for at least 10 years and at least $300 million, according to major league sources.
Stanton's representatives also have discussed shorter contracts with the Marlins, and the mere fact that the sides continue to talk is a sign of progress, sources say.
Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe, declined comment.
'We're having continual dialogue,' Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said. 'I wouldn't say we're close to anything.'
Wednesday, Nov. 12
Stanton Won't Be Traded by the Marlins
Stanton isn't going to be playing for another team anytime soon even if he can't reach a long-term agreement with the Marlins, according to Clark Spencer of The Miami Herald:
Tuesday, Nov. 11
Marlins Continue to Work on New Deal for Stanton
Jesse Spector of Sporting News reported on negotiations between Stanton and the Marlins:
Wednesday, Nov. 5
The Miami Marlins have long been known as a franchise for producing talent but also one that's forced to cut ties once contract negotiations roll along.
However, they're looking to buck that trend when it comes to 25-year-old slugger Giancarlo Stanton, who doesn't hit free agency until after the 2016 MLB campaign.
"Negotiations are ongoing," Marlins President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill told The Associated Press, via ESPN.com. "We're hopeful we'll be able to make him a Marlin for many years to come."
Even for the historically frugal Marlins, their desire to shell out what will assuredly be big bucks in order to keep Stanton long term isn't surprising.
Always known as the guy most likely to hit a random bystander outside the stadium with a home run, or to crush the cover off the ball Sandlot style, Stanton showed more than just his immense strength and power in 2014.
In his fifth season with the Marlins, he set career highs in on-base percentage (.395), walks (94), stolen bases (13), runs scored (89) and WAR (6.5) in 145 games. He led the National League in home runs (37), slugging percentage (.555) and total bases (299), despite missing around half of September after being hit in the face with a pitch.
For his efforts, Stanton was named as a finalist for the NL MVP, along with eventual winner Clayton Kershaw and defending champion Andrew McCutchen.
"He's the MVP in my eyes," Hill said.
Stanton has established himself as one of the premier young stars in MLB. Perhaps more importantly for Miami, he is the face of a franchise that showed marked improvement last season (77-85, up from 62-100 in 2013).
He is an electrifyingly talented star with generational power that fans will come to see. He is someone to build a team around, and the Marlins, under general manager Dan Jennings, seem intent on doing just that.