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Aug 14, 2014 - 10:59 AM - by kusch
Marlins Not Trading Stanton, Will Pursue Top-Of-Rotation Starters In Offseason
By Steve Adams [August 13, 2014 at 9:23pm CDT]
Reports have surfaced that the Marlins plan to make legitimate run at extending Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, and MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro hears the same, shedding more light on the situation. According to his sources, the Marlins are serious about not only building around Stanton, but supplementing him by adding a top-flight starter this winter. Frisaro says the 2015 payroll could jump to $75MM, which, while modest relative to the rest of the league, would be about $30MM higher than the team’s Opening Day payroll from the current season. He suggests that the team could make a run at James Shields on the open market, who would front the rotation while Jose Fernandez rehabs from Tommy John surgery.

Suffice it to say, Frisaro gets the impression that the Marlins won’t be trading Stanton under any circumstances this offseason. In fact, he hears that even in the event that Stanton doesn’t sign an extension, the team is comfortable going year-to-year and keeping him as long as possible, then watching him leave in free agency. Miami feels that it has built a team that can be a serious postseason contender in 2015 and 2016 — Stanton’s final two years of arbitration eligibility.

As it stands right now, the Marlins could slot a free agent starter atop their rotation and fill in the remaining four spots with Henderson Alvarez, Nathan Eovaldi, Jarred Cosart and Tom Koehler. Fernandez projects to return around the All-Star break next year, if not sooner, and the team also has one of the top pitching prospects in all of baseball — Andrew Heaney — looming in the minor leagues. With rising young talent such as Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna on board, that would seem to be enough to give them a chance to contend in 2015.

Frisaro adds that in the hypothetical event that the Marlins ever do decide to move Stanton, it won’t be solely for a package of prospects. The Marlins would require Major League talent from another club’s roster in addition to top prospects in order to part with their elite slugger. As Frisaro writes: “You’re not going to see a repeat of the Miguel Cabrera trade. It’s not going to be Stanton for six prospects.”
» Cardinals @ Marlins
Aug 11, 2014 - 7:02 PM - by Miamarlin21
Oh my goodness, Stanton just hit his second bomb of the game. This one was at the Budweiser area in left center. Wow. Absolutely smashed.
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Trolololol
» Marlins @ Reds Series Thread
Aug 08, 2014 - 6:24 PM - by Namaste
Hamilton picked off by Eovaldi. Stanton all star catch.

We stranded 2 in the top of the 1st.
» Gregg to Have Season-ending Surgery
Aug 06, 2014 - 4:08 PM - by Miamarlin21
Bone chips.
» Marlins @ Pirates Series Thread
Aug 05, 2014 - 8:48 PM - by Hugg
5-run 8th inning to turn a 2-1 deficit into a 6-2 lead
» Turner DFA'd, Flynn Up
Aug 05, 2014 - 11:48 AM - by dgriot
dat pedigree doe
» Alvarez Placed on DL
Aug 01, 2014 - 4:17 PM - by Miamarlin21
With shoulder inflammation retro to July 30. Jennings recalled.
» Red @ Marlins
Jul 31, 2014 - 8:12 PM - by AdamRavs
This play at the plate is bullshit!
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Bullshit
» Marlins Acquire Jarred Cosart from Astros
Jul 31, 2014 - 3:12 PM - by Miamarlin21
WE GOT HIMMMMM
» Lester and Fernandez Head to Head
Jul 29, 2014 - 8:54 PM - by Namaste
The feeling amongst most Marlins fans is, "damn, the team is playing really well, imagine if Fernandez wasn't hurt. They would have a decent shot at clinching the WC with Fernandez."

So how does Lester stack up against our injured ace?

Setting aside what it does to the team next year and in 2019, let's discuss what Lester would hypothetically do for a team in a 11 year playoff drought.
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