The Miami Marlins want to keep Giancarlo Stanton around moving forward. And locking up Manager Mike Redmond was one of the many things the Marlins will likely do in order to try and convince Stanton to stay in Miami.
Stanton has publicly expressed his discontent with the organization, most recently when he told a Yahoo reporter the Marlins' success over the past five months don't make up for five losing years. Stanton has been around to see the Marlins struggle and use several different rosters. Only recently has he seen the formation of a core that includes him, a Jose Fernandez-led youthful pitching staff, and the bats of Marcell Ozuna, Christian Yelich, and Adeiny Hechavarria.
While the Marlins initially had some form of consistency, the front office's inability to keep a manager has plagued a young squad. Redmond became the Marlins' sixth manager in a five year period when he was hired prior to the 2013 season, and was noted as the favorite because of his familiarity with the organization from his playing days.
At the time he was hired, many speculated the Marlins hired Redmond because it would be easy for the front office to continue to make personnel and coaching decisions with him in charge. But Owner Jeffrey Loria and the rest of Miami's top baseball executives have reportedly handed almost all of the control to Redmond and the coaching staff, which many believe is the result of placing Dan Jennings and Michael Hill in top positions.
Since there is a game on a daily basis, a manager's job is not always scrutinized as closely as that of an NFL or NBA head coach. But Redmond, a first year manager at the time, had his issues in 2013, at times making premature or late calls to the bullpen and putting together lineups that didn't always favor matchups.
Redmond, who has also adjusted to the replay system well and has for the most part strategically used it to his advantage, seemingly improved in 2014. He led a team that remained competitive for most of the season, ultimately helping Miami reach a 77 win season. Redmond won't experience a change on his coaching staff, which is notable considering the Marlins' past troubles trying to sign experienced hitting and pitching coaches.
Although it could be used as a tactic to appeal to free agents, Miami's decision to extend Redmond is almost certainly the beginning of a series of moves the Marlins will make to try and prove to Stanton they will be legitimate contenders moving forward. Whether it works or not remains to be seen. But Redmond progressed from year one to year two, and after working with a roster that was without Stanton for much of 2013 and Fernandez in 2014, he deserved the extension.