Trout’s deal redefines young players’ market

MIAMI — A new salary standard for young players has been established now that Mike Trout has signed his extension through 2020.

Since every contract is linked to another, Trout’s six-year, $144.5 million deal will impact the upcoming market for young Marlins’ players like Giancarlo Stanton and even Jose Fernandez.

Trout, 22, is recognized as the standard for young players. Many consider him the overall best player in the game. So what he ended up signing for was highly anticipated and often speculated.

Now that real numbers are in place, the Marlins will have a better indication of what Stanton may be seeking if and when extension talks begin.

The Marlins have publicly stated they would like to work out a long-term deal for Stanton. But before the season, the slugger and his agent, Joel Wolfe, agreed to revisit the idea at a later date.

Stanton has said he would like to see the direction is headed before committing to multiple years. In fairness, too, Stanton has had injury issues in the past, and the team would like to see how the slugger holds up over a long season.

Also keep in mind, the Marlins don’t seem to be willing to budge on their stance regarding no-trade clauses. They don’t plan on including them. Whether that becomes a factor, who knows?

Still, Trout’s deal does do give an indication of where a future Stanton contract may wind up looking like.

You can also throw in Freddie Freeman’s eight-year, $135 million extension into the Stanton equation as well. Stanton’s service time is closer to Freeman’s. Trout’s averaging roughly $24 million for the six years, and Freeman is just under $17 million per season.

Stanton could find himself somewhere in the middle, perhaps $20 million. For the sake of discussion, Stanton may be somewhere in the six-year, $120 million range.

The largest contract in Marlins’ history was Jose Reyes’ six-year, $106 million. Of course, Reyes was traded to Toronton after one season.

It will be interesting to see if Trout’s deal sets any guidelines for Fernandez, the 2013 NL Rookie of the Year.

At some point, the Marlins also are expected to discuss an extension for Fernandez with his agent, Scott Boras.

Clayton Kershaw reset the bar for the top pitcher salary at seven-years, $215 million.

Justin Verlander previously was the high mark at seven years, $180 million.

If Fernandez posts another great year, and the Marlins approach him about an extension, could it end up looking more like Trout’s deal or Verlander or even Kershaw?

We don’t know yet. But a new market number to work with is out there now.

Joe Frisaro

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