What Stanton wants the Marlins to show some franchise stability and a commitment to winning as soon as possible. Their closer, Steve Cishek, has drawn some trade interest recently, as Cara Towle of Sports Rumor Alert writes.
If Cishek is traded for propsects, it may send the wrong message to Stanton, according to Clark Spencer of the Miami Herald.
"I don't think there's much chance Stanton ends up staying (long-term) with the Marlins, anyway," the source said. "But if they do move Cishek, what's that telling him (Stanton)? If they traded Cishek, they could pretty much kiss him (Stanton) goodbye."The Marlins, however, want to lock up Stanton to a long-term contract and plan to make him an offer after the season, Spencer reports.
Locking up Stanton, arguably the most feared power hitter in the game, isn't going to come cheap. One league source who is not involved in the talks said that he could see Stanton getting a seven-year, $154 million deal.
The Marlins have been unwilling to deal Stanton and for good reason, but this is a very important offseason for both sides. It's an offseason that could significantly change the future outlook for the Marlins.
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