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Marlins trying to extend Giancarlo Stanton before Winter Meetings

The Marlins hope to lock up Stanton this offseason.


The Marlins are looking to extend Giancarlo Stanton this offseason, according to the team's president of baseball operations, Michael Hill. Hill went on to say that he'd like to have the extension finalized before the annual MLB Winter Meetings begin on December 7th, during an interview with Jim Bowden on MLB Network Radio

The price tag on Stanton will not come cheap, as Stanton just wrapped up a career year in 2014, posting a .288/.395/.555 slash line over 145 games. Stanton led the NL in home runs, and finished second in RBI, despite missing the final 3 weeks of the season after taking a fastball to the face against the Brewers.

Stanton will enter the 2015 season at just 25 years old. His age and ability could land him a contract similar to the 6-year, $144.5 million contract the Angels' Mike Trout signed in March. Trout's extension bought out his three arbitration-eligible years, along with his first three years of free agency. Stanton on the other hand currently has two years of arbitration years remaining.

In Stanton's five years with the Marlins, he has posted a .271/.364/.540 slash line, along with two All-Star appearances. He is represented by the Wasserman Media Group.