The Miami Marlins agreed on one year contracts with all of three of their arbitration eligible players this past Friday and by doing so likely set their opening day payroll at about $45 milion. Surprisingly, that figure represents about a $3.5 million decrease from the fresh off the fire sale figure they started the 2013 season with. Marlins fans will need to hope that payroll amount does not correlate directly with wins for this season’s version of the team.
Barring further moves, the Marlins’ payroll will end up around $45 million, including $7 million still due the Diamondbacks in the Heath Bell trade. The Marlins began last season with a payroll of $48.6 million, but $12.5 million of that was for players who weren’t on the team. So this year’s on-field payroll will be slightly higher, but still among the lowest in baseball.
Recent negotiations between Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins focused purely on the arbitration-eligible outfielder’s 2014 salary, not on a long-term extension, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports. “From the outset, I think it was in everyone’s interest to try [to] reach a fair and amicable settlement on a one-year contract,” says Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe of the Wasserman Media Group. Stanton, who will make $6.5MM this season, is due for free agency after 2016.
Reaching agreement on a one-year, $6.5 million contract on Friday settled how much Giancarlo Stanton will earn in 2014. But it didn’t clear up the slugger’s long-term future with the Marlins.
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Welcome back to the Greatest Moments in Marlins History. Should we handle another rookie Marlins pitching record? Sure, why not? Which rookie pitcher are we talking about his time? Of course it’s Jose Fernandez. One season as a Marlin and already he has a few moments on this list. For moment 71 we are taking a look at the Marlins rookie season record for ERA.