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Marlins not concerned about Giancarlo Stanton's health

Miami is reportedly prepared to offer him one of the biggest contracts in professional sports history, and isn't worried about his health moving forward.

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Miami is reportedly prepared to offer Giancarlo Stanton one of the biggest contract's in sports history. And according to Nick Cafardo of The Boston Globe, the Marlins aren't concerned about Stanton's health after he was hit by a pitch that ended his season in September.

"There’s no way of knowing [if there will be any effects], but we feel strongly about Giancarlo being a Miami Marlin for the long term, so we believe he’ll be fine," said Jennings. "He’s very important to the short term and long term for this franchise and that’s the way we’re approaching it going forward."

After a Mike Fiers' fastball hit Stanton in the face which prematurely ended his season, the Marlins were unsure how the injury would impact extension talks. But after noting that he is healthy, Stanton is confident moving forward, and as a result the Marlins are closing in on a 13 year, $325 million extension with opt-out and no-trade clauses. Making such an offer without seeing Stanton play again may be risky, but there might be no better time to lock Stanton up.

Cafardo also notes that Stanton will be fitted for some form of a facial guard, which will likely resemble that of Jason Heyward. Both the Marlins and Stanton are thankful the pitch didn't hit Stanton in the eye, which could have ended his baseball career.

Prior to being hit by the pitch, Stanton had been able to remain relatively healthy. He has been plagued by hamstring and shoulder injuries at times, but 2014 was arguably his most productive year.

The fact that the Marlins are still making a notable offer before Stanton plays another Major League game proves how valuable he is. Stanton likely wanted to start extension talks now, two seasons before he is eligible to become a free agent, regardless of his status. If the Marlins chose to wait, it may have been too late for the National League leader in home runs last season.

Stanton wanted proof that the Marlins are dedicated to winning, and the organization may take a step in the right direction this offseason. The squad improved by 14 wins in 2014, and has one of the best outfield's in baseball. Even with Stanton coming off of an injury, Miami's front office is likely doing what is necessary to keep the fan base and organization pleased.