According to a report from MLB.com's Marlins beat writer, the Marlins won't be trading Giancarlo Stanton, the only good player on their sad little team, next season. They even plan to "build" around him, but that doesn't mean they'll shell out any more money on their already-second-to-last lowest payroll in the league.
Update: According to the Miami Herald, owner Jeffrey Loria fired longtime president of baseball operations Larry Beinfest today.
"I don't see any scenario," a source tells MLB.com about the possibility of the Marlins trading Stanton.
Stanton has two years left on his contract, and the Marlins don't expect to trade him before that, even though he becomes arbitration-eligible next season. Which, according to the report, means he could get a bump up to $7 million in pay next year, though that doesn't mean the Marlins' payroll is expected to increase.
"Miami's payroll is expected to remain roughly where it was this year, around $37 million," Joe Frisaro reports.
How a team is supposed to build around a player without spending at least a bit more money, I'm not sure. Of course, by "building" the Marlins could just mean ending next season with only the third worst record in the league.
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"I have relieved Larry Beinfest of his duties so he may pursue other opportunities," Loria said in a statement released to the Miami Herald. "Larry has worked with me for 13 years, making huge contributions to our efforts and serving as a partner to me in the process. I wish him nothing but the best and know he will make a great addition wherever he lands."
Beinfest has been with the Marlins since 2002 (and with Loria and the Montreal Expos even longer), but recent reports suggest that a rift has developed between Beinfest and Loria and that Loria had been making many baseball-related decision on his own this past season.