MIAMI (CBSMiami) – The Miami Marlins re-signed three key players who were eligible for salary arbitration. The signings all came before a Major League Baseball deadline of 1 p.m. Friday.
Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton received the biggest contract, agreeing to a 1-year contract worth $6.5 million, according to CBS4 news partner the Miami Herald. FoxSports reported Stanton will also get $100,000 if he gets to 600 plate appearances.
In addition to Stanton, one-year contracts were also agreed to with relievers Steve Cishek and Mike Dunn. Cishek received $3.8 million for his contract, while Dunn will receive $1.4 million.
The biggest question is what will happen with Stanton. Despite having a rough season last year, he’s still considered a top player at his position and is one of the better power hitters in baseball.
According to the Herald, Stanton and the Marlins have not had any substantive discussions with the right fielder about a long-term contract extension. Stanton is under the Marlins’ control through the 2015 season, but it’s going to get much more expensive to keep him each year.
Stanton is eligible for salary arbitration for the next two seasons, but the cost will go up each season. Given Miami’s history of not spending much on the payroll, despite promises to the contrary to get a stadium built, Stanton may be on the trade block sooner rather than later.
The question becomes what can the Marlins get in return for Stanton. Marlins fans had better hope it’s much more than they got for Miguel Cabrera.
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