The Marlins do not plan to make a multiyear offer to right fielder Giancarlo Stanton until after the season, which is fine with him.
Asked if Braves first baseman Freddie Freeman’s recent eight-year, $135 million contract could be similar to what he gets eventually, Stanton said Saturday: “The contract would be similar, I guess. It’s not like he got this, I’m going to work for this. Our careers are very similar. “
The Braves bought out three years of arbitration and five years of free agency for Freeman, whose service time and production have been similar to Stanton’s.
Stanton, who will not be eligible for free agency until after the 2016 season, said he wants to see some roster stability before he would consider an extension. But he’s pleased the Marlins gave him $6.5 million for this season.
“Last year, there was some bitterness,” he said, referring not only to the Marlins slashing payroll after the 2012 season but also to them giving him only a slight raise, to $537,000, before the 2013 season.
After hitting .290 with 37 home runs and 86 RBI in 123 games in 2012, Stanton hit .249 with 24 homers and 62 RBI in 116 games in 2013. “I learned from that,” he said, adding that having better hitters around him should result in seeing better pitches.
Marlins officials made it a priority this offseason to add productive players who have been on winning teams. General manager Dan Jennings noted that Rafael Furcal has been to the playoffs 12 of 14 seasons; Jarrod Saltalamacchia won a World Series with Boston last season and Garrett Jones made the playoffs with Pittsburgh.
“We felt we needed a cultural change in the clubhouse, and we made it a point to sit face-to-face with these guys before we brought them on board,” Jennings said. “There was one common denominator in each guy we brought in. That was team first.”
• Jennings said the Marlins received numerous trade inquiries about their young pitching, but the offseason mission was to “improve the offense and hold on to the pitching.” He said MLB teams had spent $722 million on starting pitching this offseason, as of a week ago, and “if you are a small- or mid-market team, you have to grow your own pitching.”
• Redmond said Furcal will bat first and Christian Yelich second, but he’s unsettled about three through six from among Stanton, Saltalamacchia, Jones and Casey McGehee, with Jeff Baker also figuring into that mix when he plays.
• Pitcher Jose Fernandez said his conditioning and endurance should be improved after riding his bike 500 to 600 miles per week this offseason. Twice, he surpassed 100 miles in a day, including a high of 124. Fernandez has lost about 20 pounds and is down to 215.
“I feel better now; I feel great,” he said. “I’m glad I did it. We were going 20 to 30 miles per hour consistent.”
• Outfielder Jimmy Paredes, who was designated for assignment, was claimed by Baltimore. Pitcher Chris Hatcher cleared waivers and was outrighted to Triple A New Orleans.
• MLB’s new national TV contracts reportedly were expected to provide another $25 million per team, but Marlins president David Samson said all teams have received only a $9 million boost instead, with MLB’s central fund keeping the rest of the money.