Stan­ton, Dodgers not a fit

Mar­lins are shop­ping slug­ger, but his $295 mil­lion deal is likely too much for L.A.

Los Angeles Times - - BASEBALL - By Andy McCul­lough andy.mccul­lough@la­times.com

OR­LANDO, Fla. — The enor­mity of Mi­ami Mar­lins slug­ger Gian­carlo Stan­ton’s con­tract, which can pay him $295 mil­lion over the next 10 sea­sons, is ex­pected to keep the Dodgers from be­ing a se­ri­ous bid­der for his ser­vices, ac­cord­ing to peo­ple fa­mil­iar with the sit­u­a­tion.

That could change as the win­ter takes shape and the Dodgers gauge the in­ten­tions of the new front of­fice of the Mar­lins, who have made trad­ing the four-time All-Star out­fielder a pri­or­ity.

The teams thought to be most in­ter­ested in Stan­ton in­clude St. Louis, San Fran­cisco and Bos­ton.

Stan­ton, a grad­u­ate of Notre Dame High in Sher­man Oaks, has a full no­trade clause and could at­tempt to steer dis­cus­sions to­ward re­turn­ing home. But the Mar­lins likely would need to swal­low a sig­nif­i­cant por­tion of Stan­ton’s salary in or­der to make that hap­pen, as the Dodgers were pe­nal­ized by Ma­jor League Base­ball’s lux­ury tax for the fifth con­sec­u­tive sea­son in 2017.

The Dodgers have at­tempted to avoid long-term com­mit­ments. Un­der pres­i­dent of base­ball oper­a­tions Andrew Friedman, the team has not given out a con­tract larger than the five-year, $80-mil­lion deal handed to closer Ken­ley Jansen last win­ter.

Stan­ton can opt out of his deal in 2020, but if he de­cides against that, he would be owed $25 mil­lion in 2027, when he turns 37.

Derek Jeter, the Hall of Fame-bound for­mer Yan­kee who re­cently took over Mi­ami’s base­ball oper­a­tions as co-owner, is ex­pected to ad­dress re­porters Wed­nes­day morn­ing at the gen­eral man­agers meet­ings at the Wal­dorf As­to­ria. The Mar­lins are be­lieved to fa­vor shed­ding salary over us­ing Stan­ton to ac­quire as­sets to re­build.

The Dodgers don’t have many glar­ing needs. They con­sider their out­field well stocked, with Chris Taylor, Yasiel Puig, Joc Ped­er­son, En­rique Her­nan­dez and Andrew Toles.

Stan­ton still would rep­re­sent a siz­able up­grade in one of the cor­ner spots. At 28, he led the Na­tional League with 59 home runs, 132 runs bat­ted in and a .631 slug­ging per­cent­age in 2017. He could win his first NL MVP when the award is an­nounced Thurs­day.

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