After punishing pitchers with his bat, Giancarlo Stanton is now doing damage to the Marlins right where it hurts — in the wallet.
Stanton won a Silver Slugger award on Thursday for his proficiency at the plate and, with it, a $50,000 bonus paid by the team.
Not that he needs the money. Stanton’s $325 million guaranteed contract is the richest in the history of North American professional sports.
But in addition to all that dough, Stanton stands to earn even more — as much as $200,000 this year alone — through performance bonuses that were built into his record contract.
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In addition to the $50,000 he will get for the Silver Slugger, he pocketed another $50,000 for making the All-Star team and will receive an additional $100,000 if he is named National League MVP next week. He would have also received a $50,000 bonus for winning a Gold Glove. Alas, Stanton was one of three finalists but failed to win, sparing the Marlins another financial hit.
Stanton made $14.5 million in 2017. But, starting next season, he will make no less than $25 million a year for the duration of a 13-year contract that runs through 2027.
All told, Stanton’s contract averages out to $69,000 a day — every single day of the year — for the length of the contract.
So a $50,000 bonus is, relatively speaking, pocket change for him. Or at least it’s enough to build a nice trophy case for all of the awards he’s been winning of late. For his part, Stanton’s contract requires him to donate 1 percent of his earnings to Marlins charities.
The Marlins, in an effort to relieve themselves of the onerous financial burden, are trying to trade Stanton. As the cash register continues to ring, it’s easy to see why.
OZUNA HONORED, TOO
Stanton wasn’t the only Marlin to add a Silver Slugger bat to his trophy collection. Marcell Ozuna also won one — his first.
Ozuna, coming off his best season at the plate, was one of 18 players (nine in each league) to receive the award, which is sponsored by Louisville Slugger and is chosen by Major League managers and coaches. The award is presented to the best offensive players at each position.
On Tuesday, Ozuna also won a Gold Glove Award as the top defensive player at his position.
MARLINS QUIET ON POTENTIAL TRADES
But with the General Managers’ meetings looming next week, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill wasn’t revealing his hand on any of the team’s specific offseason plans or trade options when he spoke with reporters on Friday.
“I don’t want to speculate about any of our players, or what the future holds for any of our guys,” Hill said in a conference call with local beat writers.
Recent reports out of St. Louis and Oakland, though, have shed some light on what other teams are thinking about Marlins players, and early indications are that interest could be strong for the Marlins’ three outfielders.
The Marlins are expected to slash payroll to $90 million, which would require cost-cutting measures and portends a rebuild.
“I don’t think I will ever use the word ‘rebuild’ because our goal is to win every year,” Hill said.
But Hill acknowledged that change will be necessary.
“Our last winning season was 2009,” he said. “We won 77 games this past year. What we’ve been doing has not worked, or has not been good enough. We have to improve in multiple areas. So our task is putting that together, and putting it together that we can build a consistent winner with.”
Hill said he has spoken by phone with Stanton, who has no-trade power and can veto any trade that isn’t to his liking. But Hill refused to go into specifics about their conversations.
“I’ve talked to Giancarlo, called him a few times on winning his various awards,” Hill said. “So, yes, I have talked to him. I would say that the content of our conversations will stay private. We’re not going to put that out for public consumption.”
▪ Hill confirmed the obvious, that manager Don Mattingly is returning next season. Mattingly has two more years left on his contract.
▪ Derek Jeter, the Marlins’ new chief executive officer and part-owner, will be the recipient of the 2018 Joe DiMaggio American Icon Award, presented by the Joe DiMaggio Children’s Hospital Foundation. Previous winners include former President Bill Clinton, Magic Johnson and Pat Riley. The award will be presented Jan. 25.