In an interview with Jim Duquette and Jim Bowden, Miami Marlins President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill said the team’s goal is to try and sign their young star Giancarlo Stanton before the Winter Meetings in December.
The Marlins are looking to get their two-time All Star signed to a long-term extension that could easily top $200 million dollars.
The deal is even expected to include a no-trade clause, something the Marlins have always resisted, but are willing to make an exception to get this deal completed.
Stanton, who turns 25 this week, is eligible for free agency after the 2016 season.
Despite missing the final three weeks of the season due to a gruesome pitch to the face, Stanton batted .288/.395/.555 with a National League leading 37 home runs and 299 total bases.
Since his rookie campaign in 2010, Stanton has a 162-game average of 39 home runs, 102 RBI, and a .904 OPS.
Put away those blockbuster dreams and them three-team trade fantasies, my friends. It really does look like the Marlins are pulling all the stops to get this done. And why wouldn’t they?