Mar­lins have Stan­ton on the mar­ket

Manteca Bulletin - - Sports -

ORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — For sale: 28-year-old chis­eled slug­ger who led the ma­jor leagues with 59 home runs, the most in 16 years.

Price: $295 mil­lion over a decade.

Com­pli­ca­tion: Gian­carlo Stan­ton only goes where he wants to, since the star right fielder has a full no-trade pro­vi­sion.

Now un­der a new own­er­ship group that put for­mer New York Yan­kees star Derek Jeter in charge of baseball and busi­ness op­er­a­tions, the Mi­ami Mar­lins have con­cluded their pay­roll-par­ing regime is will­ing to ex­plore trades of Stan­ton and other high-priced play­ers.

“I think over the next few days I’ll get a feel for what the mar­ket­place is for our play­ers,” Mar­lins pres­i­dent of baseball op­er­a­tions Mike Hill said Mon­day, the open­ing day of the an­nual gen­eral man­agers’ meet­ings.

Mi­ami had a $116 mil­lion pay­roll on Aug. 31, up from $81 mil­lion at the end of last year. Bruce Sher­man’s group bought the team on Oct. 2 from Jef­frey Lo­ria and is ex­plor­ing trades for play­ers who con­trib­uted to the team’s eighth straight los­ing sea­son. The Mar­lins have not made the play­offs since win­ning the 2003 World Se­ries, the sec­ond­longest postseason drought be­hind Seat­tle.

Stan­ton’s salary jumps from $14.5 mil­lion this year to $25 mil­lion next sea­son. It peaks at $32 mil­lion an­nu­ally from 2023-25.

When he spoke Oct. 25 at the World Se­ries while re­ceiv­ing an award, Stan­ton said he didn’t have “stamped-out ideas” whether he would want to stay in Mi­ami dur­ing a re­build. The Mar­lins seem to know which teams he would ac­cept a trade to.

“I do have a sense, and we’ll keep that in­ter­nal, and at the ap­pro­pri­ate time we’ll dis­cuss what­ever we need to dis­cuss,” Hill said. “We work in­ter­nally. We do what we need to do, and then if we need to present him with some­thing, we’ll do so at the ap­pro­pri­ate time.”

Among other costly Mar­lins next year are third base­man Martin Prado ($14 mil­lion), right-han­der Edin­son Volquez ($13 mil­lion), cen­ter fielder Chris­tian Yelich ($7 mil­lion, with $37.5 mil­lion more guar­an­teed over the fol­low­ing three years) and sec­ond base­man Dee Gor­don ($10.5 mil­lion, with $27.5 mil­lion guar­an­teed over the fol­low­ing two sea­sons).

Given a penu­ri­ous ap­proach, the Mar­lins may find trades make sense.

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