Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton says that he would be willing to sign a long-term extension with the club if it shows a focus on competing, reports Joe Frisaro of MLB.com. Stanton, 24, recently agreed to a $6.5 million deal with the team for 2014 to avoid arbitration in his first year of eligibility. He can become a free agent after the 2016 season when, at just 27 years old, he would almost assuredly be among the most prized free agents of the decade. After arriving to spring training, Stanton was asked Monday what it would take for him to sign a long-term deal. "I want some team security as well," Stanton told MLB.com. "I'm very pleased with how things panned out for me. But I would like to see it grow. I have my security, somewhat now. I'd like to see a team full of that, which we are going in the right direction." The Marlins attempted to make big moves for the 2012 season. While it moved into a new Miami ballpark, the team signed Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle and Heath Bell to big contracts. The team lost 93 games that year, however, and by opening day 2013 none of the three big signings remained in Miami.
Giancarlo Stanton open to long-term deal if team heads 'in right direction'
SB Nation | Feb 11