Miami wants Giancarlo Stanton to become a franchise player. They made that much known throughout the 2014 season. But according to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, the Marlins have acknowledged what Stanton will cost over the next few seasons and are "fully committed" to signing him long-term.
Stanton is coming off of a solid 2014 campaign during which he posted a .288/.395/.555 batting line to complement 37 home runs and 105 RBIs. Stanton played in 145 games last season, and appeared to be healthy when he received the Hank Aaron Award last week.
One official who is in regular contact with the Marlins described them as fully committed to doing a deal and said they recognize the contract probably has to average $28 million to $30 million annually to get a player of Stanton’s status to sign long-term.
The organization's view is nothing new. As the season concluded, President David Samson and President of Baseball Operations Michael Hill made it clear their primary goal this offseason is signing Stanton to a long-term extension. Conversations between Stanton's agent and the Marlins are expected to begin at some point in November.
While they have been open about how they will approach conversations with Stanton, Sherman notes that he was told no news regarding the negotiations will be discussed during the process.
Marlins officials refused comment to me, saying that because they are about to embark on more serious discussions with Stanton they are going to honor a policy not to give updates during the process.
Although they are prepared to take an "all-in" approach, the Marlins are not positive of Stanton's mindset. He has made it clear that he wants to win consistently, which is something he may still be questioning if the Marlins can do despite the fact the club improved by 15 wins in 2014.
Miami has yet to give a free agent a no-trade clause, but Stanton may not be willing to even have a conversation without one being included in a deal. Stanton has rightfully questioned the Marlins' strategy after they traded Heath Bell, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, and Jose Reyes after an inconsistent 2012 season, and wants to see the squad improve.
The Marlins have one of the best outfields in baseball in Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna, and Stanton, and Miami's offseason strategy will reportedly involve protecting Stanton and piecing together a consistent offense. Led by Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez, the Marlins have one of the better rotations in the league, and any move the organization makes this offseason could be to try and convince Stanton to remain in Miami.
Stanton has been linked to several different teams, and has been mentioned in many trade rumors. The Marlins want to end any speculation, and are right to keep things quiet while they work things out.