Stanton could begin contract talks soon into offseason

Marlins may open discussions with NL MVP candidate by Novemeber

Stanton could begin contract talks soon into offseason

WASHINGTON -- Before Spring Training, Giancarlo Stanton made it clear to the Marlins that he didn't want to talk about a contract extension during the season. With the offseason beginning on Monday, early discussions could begin in a matter of weeks.

First, Stanton is planning to go on vacation. The front office, meanwhile, will be finishing up business for this season and then put a plan in place for 2015. A realistic timeline for serious negotiations could be around the general manager meetings in Arizona in November.

"We stay in touch with our players all offseason," president of baseball operations Michael Hill said on Sunday. "We've said we'd respect his wishes during the season and we wouldn't discuss it. But now we're into the offseason. That is our plan, to talk with him about extending him beyond his arbitration years."

Stanton, a two-time All-Star, enjoyed a potential National League Most Valuable Player Award season, leading the NL in home runs with 37. He is second in the league in RBIs with 105.

But the 24-year-old had has season abruptly cut short after he was struck on the face with a pitch at Milwaukee on Sept. 11.

Stanton made $6.5 million in his first season of arbitration. The Marlins have made it clear they plan on retaining Stanton in 2015 with or without a long-term deal.

Stanton is represented by Joel Wolfe of the Wasserman Media Group.

"We have to hear from them and what their goals are, and what they hope to accomplish," Hill said. "We have some ideas we'll streamline and tighten up as have those meetings. And hopefully we're on the same page and can get something done."

Joe Frisaro is a reporter for 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.