Projected arbitration figures for ’14
MIAMI — Through the arbitration process, several Marlins are headed for substantial raises in 2014.
Heading the list of nine players up for arbitration are Giancarlo Stanton and Steve Cishek.
Assuming neither signs a multi-year deal, which is highly likely, they project to be the two highest paid Marlins when Spring Training opens in February.
The MLB Trade Rumors web site has a formula of tabulate what players are in line to make in arbitration. The model, developed by Matt Swartz, estimates Stanton will make $4.8 million, compared to Cishek’s $3.2 million.
Miami’s front office has yet to be presented payroll parameters for next season, but indications are it will remain close to the $38 million the team operated under this year.
Stanton earned $537,000 and Cishek made $505,000.
Stanton turns 24 in November, and the slugger is coming off a disappointing season. Cishek, meanwhile, was one of the most consistent performers, setting a franchise record for consecutive saves.
As usual, there will be plenty of speculation as to whether the Marlins will trade Stanton. There are strong signs from within the organization that Miami plans on retaining the slugger, while attempting to sign him to a multi-year deal.
If Stanton isn’t agreeable, and he seeks to wait out his service time in Miami, the Marlins seem prepared to go on a year-to-year basis until the slugger is free agent-eligible after the 2016 season.
Cishek, actually, may become a more realist trade piece. The Marlins have some power arms in the system, and they likely will seek offensive upgrades on the trade market.
Cishek’s value is at its highest, and it might make sense to include him as a trade piece for offensive help.
Coming off a 62-100 season, the club is at least another year away from seriously contending. So the organization is probably asking itself if it needs a $3.2 million closer at this point.
If the Marlins do opt to trade Cishek, it would be a change of strategy from the regular season. Clubs repeatedly checked to see if the 27-year-old was available before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Each time they were told, Cishek wasn’t available.
Here’s the projected arbitration numbers, according to MLB Trade Rumors
Name, Service time, ’14 projected salary
• Giancarlo Stanton: 3.118 yrs: $4.8 million
• Steve Cishek: 2.143 (Super Two): $3.2 million
• Kevin Slowey: 5.053: $1.8 million
• Justin Ruggiano: 3.019: $1.8 million
• Logan Morrison: 3.069: $1.7 million
• Ryan Webb: 4.029: $1.5 million
• Mike Dunn: 3.079: $1.4 million
• Chris Coghlan: 3.171: $800,000
• Koyie Hill: 5.087: $500,000
— Joe Frisaro