However, there is another way in which the arbitration process hurts Stanton. Although he contributes a lot of value while on the diamond, arbitration awards are based heavily on playing time, regardless of how much value was actually added above a hypothetical backup.
Swartz goes on to say that while many are comparing Stanton to some of the other young power hitters to go through the arbitration system like Miguel Cabrera and Prince Fielder, his games played may place him more in a category of Nelson Cruz and Carlos Quentin. Certainly all talented players, but Cabrera and Fielder earned around 7.5 million for their arbitration and Cruz and Quentin earned around 3.5 million.
I expect Stanton to earn around 6.5 million during this arbitration hearing, but only time will tell.
Here are some more stories from around the web:
Miami Marlins not shopping members of young core | FishStripes
Instead of discussing trades or free agent signings that may be imminent, President of Baseball Operations Mike Hill and General Manager Dan Jennings have made it their goal to make one thing clear at the GM meetings: Giancarlo Stanton is not available.
Heaney, DeSclafani top Marlins‘ talent | MILB.com
The Marlins owned the second-lowest payroll in the Majors in 2013, coming in just over $39 million, so it’s no surprise the team was aggressive in bringing up its low-cost Minor League talent. Jose Fernandez was the best example of that, going from Class A Advanced Jupiter straight to the Majors and winning the National League Rookie of the Year Award in the process. But it wasn’t just the 21-year-old Cuban who made an impact with the Marlins —
Here at Marlin Maniac:
The MLB GM meetings are going on right now in Orlando, FL. It seems like every winter the primary topic at these baseball meeting is what will the Marlins do with the players they can’t afford to pay anymore. Marlins GM Dan Jennings has insisted that the Marlins are not trading Giancarlo Stanton but, Ken Rosenthal said this in a tweet earlier today.
Greatest Moment In Marlins History: #136 Let the Games Begin | Andy Salgado
Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Let’s take a look at moment 136. After years of trying to give Miami a Major League Baseball team, on March 5, 1993 the Marlins would face the Houston Astros in our first every Spring Training game for the Florida Marlins! The game was held at the Cocoa Expo Sports Complex in front of a crowd of 6,696 screaming baseball fans.
Free Agent Rankings: First Baseman (2 of 2) | Chris Logel
Yesterday we continued our series on upcoming free agents by looking at a couple of first baseman that are hitting the open market. Today we continue that in-depth look at first baseman that Miami may be interested in targeting. As we covered before, Logan Morrison is the presumed opening day starter at first base right now, but as we have seen the last day and a half, things can change quickly.
For anyone who watched the Marlins last year, it is no secret that the play at third base was sorely lacking. Many people expect the Marlins to look for an upgrade, possibly a temporary one, for this upcoming year. Marlins blogger Joe Frisaro posted today, that the Marlins may be looking at David Freese through a trade with the St. Louis Cardinals.
Here’s to 2014!