As part of Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria's charm offensive (light on charm, heavy on offense) he is -- in addition to penning mendacious open letters -- addressing the media for first time since he spoke with's Jon Heyman during the November owners' meetings. In the midst of his conversation with members of the local media, he addressed Giancarlo Stanton's contract status. Joe Capozzi of the Palm Beach Post relays Loria's comments on the matter: "We are hoping that that moment will come but Giancarlo needs to play this year. He is here for certainly the foreseeable future and we will cross that bridge at the appropriate moment. ... He will be here this year and I'm hopeful he will come here the next year. ... I would love to see him be the centerpiece of this ball club. He'd the young giant in the ball club but you can't make promises in this game because strange things happen all the time. ... I dont think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer. We have to let him play it out, let him feel more comfortable."