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Say hey, baseball: Giancarlo Stanton's deal already paying off for Marlins

Monday morning's baseball explains how Giancarlo Stanton led to Christian Yelich's extension and the Players Association's thoughts on the international draft. Subscribe for your daily Say Hey!

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Before spring training of 2014, we tried to find a scenario in which Giancarlo Stanton would sign an extension with the Marlins, and came up almost empty. The Marlins were still not far removed from spending buckets of money on free agents only to sell them all off a year later, so Stanton going out of his way to become a permanent fixture for an organization that couldn't be trusted just seemed unbelievable. After the season ended Grant Brisbee explained that if only the Marlins were a normal franchise instead of a wholly evil entity, they would be a perfect fit for a Stanton deal.

Just a few weeks later, Stanton did end up extended, for 13 years and $325 million, with the explanation being that this was the deal the Marlins needed to make as a sign that they were serious about ditching their awful reputation as miserly tricksters. They have other kids to extend, you know.

One such youth signed his own extension recently, with Christian Yelich agreeing to a seven-year, $50 million deal with a lucrative option for an eighth attached. This is unlike anything the Marlins had done before, as Yelich was nowhere near arbitration eligibility yet, but the Fish chose to pay him anyway. The deal was only possible because of the one Stanton signed, too: Yelich had been approached before by Miami about an extension, but told his agent to wait to see how they handled the Stanton negotiations. Impressed by the size and scope of their commitment to Stanton, Yelich agreed to sign away a couple of years of free agency, and he might not be the last one to do so, either: the Marlins have also approached Marcell Ozuna and Jose Fernandez about settling down in Miami.