Last night, Ken Rosenthal of Fox Sports reported that the Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton were discussing a 10-year pack worth over $300 million. The rumored deal would have shattered the record deals both Miguel Cabrera and Alex Rodriguez signed in past years.
With that news in hand, Stanton ended up finishing in second to Clayton Kershaw in MVP voting. Many Marlins fans were not thrilled about the news, as a lot of Marlins fans felt there was no one more valuable to a team than Stanton to the Marlins.
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Stanton probably texted Kershaw this morning and told him to shove that MVP trophy, as he’s now negotiating with the Marlins an even bigger deal of 12-years and $320 million, according to Ken Rosenthal.
Jon Heyman was actually first to report that the deal could fall in the 12-year range last night.
That’s a lot of dough for a franchise that has spent $303 million in payroll the past three seasons to give to a single player. But if anyone is worthy of such a deal, it is Big G.
If the Marlins are going to accomodate Stanton’s huge AAV, they will obviously need to bump their payroll into the $90-100 million range in the coming seasons.
If Stanton were to make $26.7 million next season on the Marlins projected $60 million payroll, the team would have an extremely tough time filling out the roster behind him. If the team wants to sign Stanton and stay competitive, there is going to be a need for the Marlins to operate as a bigger market team.