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Storylines: Stanton, Marlins discussing record deal

Storylines: Stanton, Marlins discussing record deal
National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins reacts as he bats in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. (Jeff Curry/USA TODAY Sports)
November 14, 2014
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In this MLB News and Notes segment, I will be giving occasional reports on the latest news and rumors throughout the MLB. I also will try to tweet news and rumors as I see them, so feel free to follow me on Twitter: @AndrewIBI.

Here are the stories from Thursday, Nov. 13. 


  • The Marlins and superstar right fielder Giancarlo Stanton are discussing a record-breaking $300 million contract extension that would span "at least" 10 seasons, Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports reported. Jon Heyman of CBS Sports heard that the $300 million+ deal being discussed could span as long as 12 years. That deal would run through Stanton's age-36 season. The two sides have also discussed shorter contracts, according to Rosenthal's sources, but it's not surprising to see Stanton's agent, Joel Wolfe of the Wasserman Media Group, eyeing a record-setting figure. Stanton, who somewhat incredibly just turned 25 years old last week, is under team control through the 2016 season as things currently stand and is projected to earn $13 million in arbitration next year.
  • Angels center fielder Mike Trout and Dodgers lefty Clayton Kershaw won the American League and National League MVP Awards, respectively. The 23-year-old Trout won in unanimous fashion — the first to do so since Ken Griffey Jr. in 1997. Trout's 420 points were the most possible, and rounding out the top 10 in the AL were Victor Martinez (229), Michael Brantley (185), Jose Abreu (145), Jose Bautista (128), Robinson Cano (124), Nelson Cruz (102), Josh Donaldson (96), Miguel Cabrera (82) and Felix Hernandez (48). Kershaw edged out Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, finishing with 355 points to 298. Behind Kershaw and Stanton in the top 10 were Andrew McCutchen (271), Jonathan Lucroy (167), Anthony Rendon (155), Buster Posey (152), Adrian Gonzalez (57), Adam Wainwright (53), Josh Harrison (52) and Anthony Rizzo (37).

Tribe News:

  • The Indians are kicking the tires on a familiar name, as Paul Hoynes of the Cleveland Plain Dealer reported they've reached out to Justin Masterson about a potential return. The Indians are likely interested in Masterson only on a one-year deal, which, as Hoynes noted, may be the preferred option for Masterson anyway. Masterson pitched through a number of injuries last season, and if he's healthy in 2015, he could be a prime rebound candidate and position himself for a much nicer deal on the open market in 2015-16.
  • Hoynes also refuted previous reports that the Indians would have some interest in buying low on Ubaldo Jimenez. Though Jimenez had one of his best seasons in Cleveland under pitching coach Mickey Callaway, the organization isn't interested in trying to fix the inconsistent righty.

News and Notes:

  • The Rangers extended general manager Jon Daniels and assistant GM Thad Levine, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Daniels' contract was slated to expire at the end of the 2015 season. Both extensions are believed to be five-year deals, according to Evan Grant of the Dallas Morning News, who added than an official announcement of the extensions could come as soon as today.
  • The Red Sox are trying to set up a visit to Boston for Pablo Sandoval, perhaps as early as next week, according to the Boston Globe's Nick Cafardo. Sandoval has drawn interest from four clubs, per Cafardo, but the Red Sox and Giants are the two most serious suitors. David Ortiz has been pitching Boston to Sandoval and trying to persuade him away from San Francisco, Cafardo heard.
  • Jon Heyman of CBS Sports wrote that the Dodgers are serious about making a run at Russell Martin but still facing competition from the Cubs, Pirates and Blue Jays. The Pirates, Heyman heard, are said to have already made a strong bid to retain Martin. Despite their acquisition of Francisco Cervelli, he noted, the Pirates are not out on Martin.
  • The Angels remain open, but not committed, to dealing second baseman Howie Kendrick or third baseman David Freese if they can bring back an arm, according to Jon Heyman of The former is unsurprisingly drawing more interest at the moment, with the Yankees and Blue Jays among the teams that have inquired into his availability. Heyman said that the Halos are more likely than not to keep Kendrick. The 31-year-old is coming off of perhaps his best season as a professional. He will earn $9.5 million this year before hitting the open market. Nevertheless, the team is still listening to proposals that would help bolster its rotation depth, which remains an area of focus. The club is comfortable considering that possibility due to the presence of Gordon Beckham, Heyman said, though he also seems to be a plausible non-tender candidate. Presumably, Grant Green could be a factor as well if the Angels create an opening up the middle.
  • Talks picked back up yesterday between the Orioles and free agent Nick Markakis, according to Jon Heyman of, and there is renewed optimism that a four-year pact can be reached. The sides are discussing a deal that would pay Markakis between $10 million and $12 million a year, Jeff Passan of Yahoo Sports reported, who said it "should get done."
  • The Nationals made Ian Desmond a seven-year, $107 million extension offer last year, Adam Kilgore of the Washington Post reported, though that also included contract deferrals that would have reduced its true value. Negotiations are expected to pick back up in the months to come, per Kilgore, and that offer will presumably be the starting point. Desmond, who put up another strong year and is now one year away from the open market, is one key piece of the team's increasingly pressing long-term strategic questions.
  • The Mets do not have any near-term intentions to approach second baseman Daniel Murphy about a contract extension, GM Sandy Alderson told's Adam Rubin. At the same time, the team is "reluctant" to deal him away at present, said Alderson. That could change, of course, if the club adds a new shortstop or otherwise adds offense, per the report.
  • After sitting out the 2014 season, left-hander Barry Zito is looking to make a comeback in 2015, agent Scott Boras told reporters, including ESPN's Jerry Crasnick, at the GM Meetings in Phoenix this week. Crasnick quoted Boras: "He called me on the phone in August and said, 'I'm ready to go. I want to pitch.' He set up the plan and did all of that."
  • The Phillies inked left-hander Elvis Araujo to a major league deal, the club announced yesterday. The towering lefty never moved past the Double-A level with the Indians, but was hard to score on at that level and has looked good in the Venezuelan Winter League. Araujo, 23, has struggled with control at times in his minor league career, including over his 21 Double-A frames, over which he walked 15 batters. But he did miss bats, posting a career-high 9.0 K/9 at both the High-A and Double-A level last season.

User Comments

November 14, 2014 - 11:12 PM EST
Easy to forget just how good Masterson was a yr ago. Id love to see them resign him, and go after Alex Rios, Torii Hunter or Scott Van Slyke to man RF.
November 14, 2014 - 10:36 PM EST
I'd be all in for Masterson if the contract is reasonable. I would think he immediately takes House's spot in the rotation with TJ continuing to work as a starter at AAA.

The best case scenario with Masterson would be he rebounds to 2013 form (which is certainly possible if healthy) and potentially offer him a QO next year and lands us an extra pick. A realistic scenario is that he ends up under performing or struggles with health issues, but in that scenario I could see him being pushed to the bullpen where he could play a major factor as a late inning power arm who dominates righties and keeps the ball on the ground. For 7-8 million plus incentives, it seems to be worth the risk.
November 14, 2014 - 5:45 PM EST
Masterson would not surprise me. Very possible it could mean late inning relief for Salazar for a year and long relief/backup starter for ZacMac. Actually makes some sense to me if not anybody else. Don't know if it would leave enough bucks left over for the RH RF that posters(and Tony) want but when it comes to competing with KC and the Tigers, front line pitching is most important to me
November 14, 2014 - 4:15 PM EST
If Masterson can have a healthy season unlike last year, he's worth a 1 year deal.

My head hurts reading some of these comments.
November 14, 2014 - 3:34 PM EST
I think Masterson could reasonably get $5-7M guaranteed, with an additional $3-5M in incentives. Someone may gamble and offer him $1 yr $10 if they think he's healthy and will rebound Personally, I'd prefer the incentive laden deal and resigning him.

I think they can RF affordably via trade (Scott Van Slyke $500k) or with a FA signing (Rios 2/$18M?) and the corresponding trade of David Murphy.
November 14, 2014 - 1:48 PM EST
Has anyone seen or heard anything about how Masterson is? I mean, last I heard, he was completely ineffective and pulled from the Cards rotation. Based on most recent performance he certainly isn't worth $1 million let alone 10! I don't understand spending millions of dollars on players who aren't any good and certainly not an improvement over what is already on hand especially at a much more cost effective price. Like the 5 mil they dropped on Grady and it was a total bust. If you really have checked the guy out and he looks "correct" and unencumbered by injury then yes, I'd be up for maybe a Sizemore like $5 mil deal with incentives that can boost him up to $10 or heck, even $12 should he be THAT effective. But just sight unseen, just to be "in" on someone who once was effective on the hope that he'll be good again, seems like not a well thought out plan to me.
November 14, 2014 - 12:52 PM EST
Masterson for $10 million?!?! You cant be serious! This team is desperate for a right handed power bat and you want to resurrect that old tired retread? Do you really know for a fact that he could even outpitch House or Bauer?
November 14, 2014 - 11:30 AM EST
I knew it was a longshot but I was really hoping we would've had one more season with Araujo to see what he could do. Shame we lost him before we got to see what he could do in the upper levels with an eye to the big league club. Will be interested to see how he fairs on this big league contract with the Phillies.
Larry M
November 14, 2014 - 10:29 AM EST
As one who was hoping the Tribe could sign Masty for a "reasonable" 3/42 or 3/45 deal before last season, I am glad that they did not, but would be happy to see him back on some sort of 7-8m plus incentives type of deal. From what I have heard/read, Masterson likes the Indians organization and they parted on relatively good terms...we probably need that sort of relationship for him to choose the Tribe over a few million more elsewhere.
Salazar or House is likely bumped in this scenario, but perhaps it makes Salazar or Bauer an enticing trading chip. .If that were the case, I like both, but would hope to keep Bauer.
November 14, 2014 - 9:29 AM EST
I'd be interested in Masterson on a one year deal and for under $10M. Gives him a chance to come home where he is comfortable and re-establish himself. Also, if you believe in those on and off again years and how he does well in an odd year, well next year is an odd year....
November 14, 2014 - 9:01 AM EST
2 more years of Swisher or 3 more years of Ubaldo.

Think people.
November 14, 2014 - 9:00 AM EST
With his history pattern of good -bad -good-bad year, 15 should be a rebound year for Masterson. Based on that the Indians should consider a one year contract to add depth to the rotation.
November 14, 2014 - 8:40 AM EST
Why are we never involved in any of these M.L. ready players? I am not so sure about Masterson or Ublado. Although I would consider Ubaldo for Swisher straight up. I think we can get more out of him than we ever will for Swisher. And Bro-hio needs to go away.
November 14, 2014 - 7:52 AM EST
Rumors Yasmany Tomas will be in the US this weekend speaking with his agent and a cpl mystery teams. There's some speculation that he will take a shorter deal than expected with the option of hitting FA qkly. Apparently his mkt might be a bit lighter than he anticipated. Maybe he gets 4yrs / $48M instead of the rumored 7yrs/ $100M that has been speculated.
If Tomas is the power hitting RF he's rumored to be then he'd be worth a shorter team. But that would be a big gamble for a team like the Tribe. I suspect they'll make a run at Kang instead, unless the price has really dropped on Tomas.
Yoan Moncada is the IFA that really intrigues me, he's 20 yrs old and could be the best talent to come out of Cuba yet, but there's now way the Tribe will invest in the speculated amount ($30-40M) he will likely sign for.
November 14, 2014 - 7:50 AM EST
Id love to see a reunion with Masterson, but what will it take to sign him for one yr? He seems like the potential target for a club like the Indians / Padres (or Cubs / Red Sox) who always seem to target a bounce back candidate or two. I think Masterson could get as much as 1yr / $10M. Maybe the Tribe could give him an incentive laden deal that would get him to sign. There's a lot of positives for him if he chose to return.

Masterson reportedly dealt with impingement in his throwing shoulder and knee problems. I suspect the big guy got messed up a little and one injury may have been the result of another, that's hard to say or know. I have had impingement in my shoulder. It can lead to a rotator cuff tear - like mine did. However, with a cortisone injection and a cautious approach I suspect he'd be fine.
November 14, 2014 - 6:55 AM EST
Signing Masterson to a 1 yr deal isn't a bad idea. More than likely, he'll rebound or atleast improve enough to gain some trade value again. I hate to see one of the young hurlers get sent down at this point. I think if Masterson is signed, it will be an idication of another move.
November 14, 2014 - 6:22 AM EST
I'll say it again I'll gladly take Masterson back on a one year deal. If he's healthy we know what he can be and there really aren't many bad 1 year deals. Gonna be some interested teams out there for him so I wouldn't expect it.

As for Fausto Carmonandez, he'll likely also have a market, enough so I hope the Indians stay away.
November 14, 2014 - 4:02 AM EST
What's so good about Fausto, pitchers don't bat in this league, pass!
C L Who
November 14, 2014 - 1:50 AM EST
If the Marlins go 10 to 12 years and $300 MM for Stanton, then a chapter 11 reorganization can't be many years off. With his injury history, there is no sane way to make such a deal.

As to Masterson returning......please, God, no! Sign Fausto instead on a one year deal.

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