Marlins trying to lock down young stars to long-term deals

Already it appears that the Miami Marlins are upholding their end of the bargain they made to get slugger and 2014 National League MVP runner up Giancarlo Stanton when he signed his historic 13-year $325 million contract.

The Marlins promised to build a winning team around their superstar player and they are starting now by offering their other young players with star potential long-term contracts.

It was reported by CBS Sports Jon Heyman on Monday that the Marlins offered Jose Fernandez, 22, a six year deal worth around $40 million with two team options.

Fernandez is very good but here’s the interesting thing, he’s just coming off his first Tommy John surgery.

Six years can be seen as a risky move as many pitchers who have Tommy John surgery this young, often end up having their second before the age of 30.

The Oakland A’s Jarrod Parker is just one example (and obviously the easiest for me to come up with off the top of my head!).

The extension offer is also interesting as Heyman reports that Fernandez has given no indication that he will even accept the offer at such a young stage in his still budding career.

Fernandez isn’t the only young, talented player that the Marlins are attempting to keep long term. Heyman writes

“Marlins also have made long-term offers to outfielder Christian Yelich and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria, and they’re due to make an offer early this week to outfielder Marcell Ozuna.”

Marlins GM Dan Jennings remains optimistic that the club can keep all four players. He believes that talks are moving forward and believes that the club will surprise some people by what they can accomplish. 

“We’ve had some great exchanges. I feel like we’re moving in the right direction,” Jennings said.

Fernandez’s agent Scott Boras could also pose a problem when re-signing Fernandez. He doesn’t let his players get any less than he believes they’re worth. Still Jennings remained positive, speaking in his southern manner he said of Boras, 

“We’ll get it done. We’ll get it done with Scott, too; we’ll just have to rassle a little harder,” 

His optimism is admirable, but the results remain to be seen. Either way the Marlins are showing Stanton that he won’t need to walk when his opt-out at age 31 comes along in a few years.

If they lock down their young talent now, they very well might have the World Championship caliber team that Stanton is hoping to play for.

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