Marlins renew Stanton at $537,000

JUPITER, Fla. — Major League Baseball’s service time system has made Giancarlo Stanton one of the biggest bargains in the game.

The 23-year-old slugger had his contract renewed by the Marlins on Saturday at $537,000. The league minimum is $490,000.

This is the final season the Marlins have leverage with Stanton, who will be eligible for arbitration in 2014.

Players who renew receive the offer that the team presents.

Next year, that changes.

Considering the numbers Stanton has already posted, his salary next year could surpass the $7.4 million Miguel Cabrera made in 2007, his first year of arbitration.

Stanton finished second in the National League in home runs last year with 37.

Since breaking into the big leagues in June of 2010, Stanton has a career .270 batting average with 93 home runs, 232 RBIs and a slugging percentage of .553 in 373 games.

In a similar service time frame, Cabrera — called up by the Marlins in June 2003 — had a .300 average with 78 home runs, 290 RBIs and a .523 slugging percentage.

It’s common for players with less than three seasons of MLB service time to make modest salaries. The Angels just renewed All-Star Mike Trout at $515,000.

Logan Morrison, for example, renewed at $491,500. And Steve Cishek will be making $505,000 this year.

Joe Frisaro

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