The Marlins will open the regular season on Monday with the second-highest player payroll in franchise history. But the Marlins still remain among the lowest spenders in the majors based on team-by-team salary projections.
The team’s payroll of $68.8million represents the largest Opening Day figure since the $101 million unit of 2012 that flopped on the field. Total base salary for the team’s 25-man roster and two players on the disabled list — pitchers Jose Fernandez and Aaron Crow — actually amounts to $84.3 million.
But the Marlins are receiving payments from other teams totaling $15.5million per trade agreements involving starting pitcher Dan Haren ($10million) second baseman Dee Gordon ($2.5million and third baseman Martin Prado ($3million).
Despite signing a record 13-year, $325million contract extension during the offseason, Giancarlo Stanton will earn $6.5 million this season.
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Six other Marlins — Prado, Haren, Mat Latos, Michael Morse, Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Steve Cishek — will actually make more than the National League’s reigning home run king.