The Hot Stove really started burning on Monday. The Miami Marlins extension with Giancarlo Stanton was announced. The St. Louis Cardinals and Atlanta Braves made a trade involving Jayson Heyward and Shelby Miller and the Toronto Blue Jays signed Russell Martin. What could be in store for Tuesday?
I will start with the Marlins and Stanton. He signed a 13 year deal for 325 million dollars. This is with a team that has been known to blow things up quickly and not spend money. It will be interesting to see now if they surround him with some more talent. They were up and coming last year and had a pretty good year, let's see what happens. Stanton did get a no trade clause and an opt out after five or six years.
The trade between the Cardinals and the Braves was Jayson Heyward and Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for Shelby Miller and a minor leaguer. Heyward is a solid player especially defensively but has never put up the power numbers that the Braves had thought he would. He batted 271 last season with 11 homeruns and 58 RBI. He had 20 stolen bases and won his second gold glove. Miller was 10-9 with a 3.74 for the Cardinals last season. He was 15-9 with a 3.06 ERA in his rookie season of 2013.
The Blue Jays gave Martin five years and 82 million. They definitely overpaid for a guy who had a career year last season. He did bat 290 last season with 11 homeruns and 67 RBI. He also had a 402 OBP and had a caught stealing percentage of 38.5 which was fourth best in the majors. He has a 259 career average and is known to be a leader. He has been to four straight postseasons with three different teams.
I don't know what is going to happen the rest of this week but it has gotten off to a hot start in the hot stove league.