Saturday, August 6, 2011
Mike Stanton could be offered a Hanley-like extension sometime in the not-too-distant future:
The Marlins have been having preliminary internal talks about a possible long-term contract for the 21-year-old right fielder.Needless to say, the Marlins would be wise to lock up Stanton soon. He won't be arbitration-eligible until after the 2013 season, but if he gets an offer that moves his payday up a year or two and gives him peace of mind that he will be set for life, the Fish could get Stanton at a relative discount for the next few years (as they are with Hanley Ramirez and Josh Johnson and the Rays are getting with Evan Longoria).
The team hasn't come up with anything specific in terms of money and years, according to a person familiar with the situation, who said an offer probably wouldn't be made until next year.
This can't happen soon enough. It will be a great day for the franchise if and when Sr. #Monsterdong signs a long-term deal with the Marlins.