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, befo...