Marlins interested in signing Giancarlo Stanton to an extension

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The Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton avoided arbitration last week by agreeing to a one-year, $6.5 million contract. The two sides haven’t discussed the possibility of a contract extension yet, but the team remains interested in getting a long-term deal done:

While that’s all well and good, it takes two to tango. And Stanton, understandably, might want another dance partner. As you’ll recall, the young slugger was quite vocal in his displeasure about the direction of the franchise last offseason, fueling speculation that he’ll leave the first chance he gets. While the Marlins have some promising young players, they haven’t given any indication that they are going to put money into the team. Of course, time could heal those old wounds, especially if the price is right, but those trade rumors will only get louder if the interest is not mutual.

Stanton, 24, was arbitration-eligible for the first time this winter. He remains under team control through 2016.

Cardinals tab Miles Mikolas for Opening Day start

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The Cardinals have selected right-hander Miles Mikolas as their Opening Day starter, the club revealed Saturday. It’ll mark the first career Opening Day start for Mikolas, who is scheduled to go up against the Brewers when the team hits the road on March 28.

The 29-year-old righty was a strong contender for the 2018 NL Cy Young Award, earning All-Star distinctions and pitching to a career-best 18-4 record with a 2.83 ERA, 1.3 BB/9, 6.5 SO/9, and 4.3 fWAR over 200 2/3 innings. He’s positioned to lead the Cardinals rotation in 2019 as well, with former Opening Day starters Carlos Martínez and Adam Wainwright and some combination of right-handers Jack Flaherty, Michael Wacha, Alex Reyes, and John Gant behind him.

Manager Mike Shildt told reporters that Flaherty, Wacha, Wainwright, and Martínez had all been considered for the honor, but admitted that Opening Day honors were ultimately handed to Mikolas “in recognition of [his performance] last year.” The Cardinals are scheduled to play a four-game set against the Brewers to start the season and will stop over in Pittsburgh for another two games before returning to St. Louis for their opening homestand against the Padres on April 4. Additional pitching assignments have yet to be announced.