Marlins president David Samson told Miami’s 790 The Ticket on Wednesday that the organization is in talks with multiple companies interested in buying naming rights to the nearly-completed stadium.
But no agreement has been struck yet, and that might not change before the facility opens its doors April 1 for an exhibition game against the Yankees.
Here’s the Samson quote, via beat writer Juan C. Rodriguez of the South Florida Sun-Sentinel:
“We were down the road [in negotiations], then all of a sudden we signed some players and some more companies got interested and then the price started changing,” said the Marlins president during his weekly live segment. “When you get into bigger numbers, it takes a lot longer to finish a long-term deal like that and I didn’t want to pressure anyone or myself. We’re happy to start with Marlins Park and see what happens.”
Marlins Park will host its first official big league game on April 4, when the Cardinals visit on Opening Night.
The White Sox have reportedly picked up first baseman Yonder Alonso from the Indians, according to Stadium. The return for Alonso is expected to be nothing more flashy than a “fringe prospect,” though the minutiae of the deal is still pending a formal announcement from both teams.
Alonso, 31, inked a two-year deal with the Indians during the 2017 offseason. His first campaign with the club yielded a modest .250/.317/.421 batting line, 23 home runs, .738 OPS and 0.7 fWAR in 574 PA. The real boon for the White Sox may not be a passable veteran bat, however, but something more intangible — like Alonso’s clout with his brother-in-law and highly-coveted free agent slugger, Manny Machado.
While Alonso’s 2018 output represented a significant decline from the career-best numbers he posted in 2017, he’s still a solid contributor at the plate and, more importantly, slated to remain under team control for the next two years with just $8 million owed in 2019 and a $9 million option in 2020. As MLB.com’s Anthony Castrovince notes, the $17 million the Indians just erased from their payroll should give them enough room to accommodate the contracts for right-handers Trevor Bauer and Corey Kluber — a bonus regardless of what they happen to get in the trade.