Stan­ton avail­able as base­ball GM meet­ings start

The Garden Island - - Morning Briefing -

OR­LANDO, Fla. — The Mi­ami Mar­lins will spend this week’s gen­eral man­agers’ meet­ings shop­ping Gian­carlo Stan­ton, the pricey slug­ger who led the ma­jor leagues with 59 home runs but does not fit into the plans of the new pay­roll-par­ing base­ball oper­a­tions staff headed by for­mer New York Yan­kees star Derek Jeter.

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

Stan­ton, who turned 28 last week, is owed $295 mil­lion over the fi­nal decade of his record $325 mil­lion, 13-year con­tract.

He has a full no-trade pro­vi­sion, so he can de­ter­mine his des­ti­na­tion.

Stan­ton won this year’s Hank Aaron Award as the best of­fen­sive player in the National League, and was a fi­nal­ist for a Gold Glove Award among National League right field­ers.


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