Stanton, however, is coming off a disappointing 2016, by his standards. In 119 games, he had career lows in batting average (.240), on-base (.326) and slugging percentage (.489).
Still, the 6-foot-6, 250-pounder belted 27 home runs and drove in 74 runs. Stanton's season was marred by a Grade 3 left groin strain in August.
Also in 2016, Stanton flexed his might at the Home Run Derby at Petco Park in San Diego. The three-time All-Star blasted a Derby-record 61 home runs, claiming the first title by a Marlins player.
Fully healthy, Stanton is looking for a bounce-back season in 2017.
Miami now has three players confirmed to participate in the World Baseball Classic -- Stanton, Yelich and third baseman Martin Prado, who will play for Venezuela.
Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. He writes a blog, called The Fish Pond. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.