Sep 28, 2013; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria (right) jumps on right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (left) after hitting the game winning RBI single in the 10th inning against the Detroit Tigers at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports

Marlins Way: Will Giancarlo Stanton become face of franchise?

The off-season long question for the Miami Marlins franchise and their fans will surround their superstar right fielder, Giancarlo Stanton. Is he the face of the Marlins franchise and will the team make this official by signing him to a long-term extension.

That was a question that was posed to beat writer Joe Frisaro in his weekly mailbox:

Is Giancarlo Stanton going to be the face of the franchise, or are the Marlins going to trade him?
— Blaire T., Corals Gables, Fla.

Stanton is eligible for arbitration for the first time, and his salary will jump from $537,000 to somewhere in the neighborhood of $5 million.

The front office has been considering offering Stanton a multiyear deal. Soon, we will find out if the Marlins are serious about locking up the slugger or simply signing him for 2014. What does seem certain is the club plans on keeping Stanton for next season.

On the last day of the season, new president of baseball operations Michael Hill said Stanton is a big piece of the team’s plans. With that said, there figure to be plenty of rumors regarding Stanton after the World Series. All indications are the Marlins want to build around him.

Even if Stanton doesn’t want to sign a multiyear deal, he isn’t a free agent until after 2016. Miami could sign him on a season-to-season basis until then.

Most Marlins fans won’t hold their breath when it comes to mention of an extension with Stanton, that ship has likely already sailed.

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This was Hanley Ramirez as an inspiration.

This was a much different Hanley Ramirez than the one who in seven seasons with the Marlins was too often a clubhouse malcontent and sometimes lazy afield.

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Juan Pierre, who played several roles throughout the course of 2013, is thankful for the opportunities the Marlins have given him throughout his career. Pierre is unsure whether he will return in 2014.

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About the only thing that went extremely well for the Marlins in 2013 was the stellar performance of rookie Jose Fernandez.

Miami Marlins hire ex-MLB star Brett Butler to teach small ball | Miami Herald

Whether it was long ball or small ball, it made no difference to the Miami Marlins last season. They ranked last in the majors in home runs and — at the opposite end of the spectrum — bunt hits.

Butler brings multi-faceted expertise to Marlins | Sun-Sentinel

The Miami Marlins want to improve their overall bunting acumen. The means to that end: Adding arguably the best bunter in baseball history to their coaching staff.

Predicting the Miami Marlins Starting Lineup in 2015 | Bleacher Report

About two months ago, we predicted what the Miami Marlins starting lineup would look like in 2014.

Now, we’re going to take it a step further and predict what the Marlins starting lineup might be in 2015.

Here at Marlin Maniac:

Miami Marlins Season Review: Third Base Grades

Today we are going to look at the position of third base for the Marlins. Third base is widely regarded as a position that is expected to deliver both power and run producing players. Prototypical players are in the mold of Miguel Cabrera and Evan Longoria. Those players are capable of delivering 30+ home runs and 100+ RBI’s. If you are curious as to how I came up with my grades, feel free to click here and get caught up.

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