MIAMI -- Jeffrey Loria envisions a long tenure in Miami for outfielder Giancarlo Stanton, but the Marlins owner doesn't think the timing is right to discuss a multiyear deal.
"I don't think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer," Loria said on Monday night. "We have to let him play it out. Let him feel more comfortable. We have the right guy in here to manage the team. Mike Redmond is part of our success here."
The 23-year-old All-Star, who is a year away from being arbitration-eligible but won't have the necessary service time to become a free agent until after the 2016 season, expressed his displeasure over the Nov. 19 trade with the Blue Jays that sent Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, Josh Johnson, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck to Toronto.
Loria understood Stanton's frustration, watching popular teammates being traded, but he said the young slugger isn't going anywhere.
"He will be here this year, and I'm hopeful that he will be here the next year. And when we have an opportunity to talk to him, we will cross that bridge. We will cross that bridge," said Loria, who, along with wife Julie, dined with Stanton at the Eiffel Tower when their offseason vacations crossed paths in France. "I love Giancarlo. He's a great young talent. I wish him nothing but the best. I have nothing but fond admiration for him. Not any negative feelings. He's a young man.
"If you really look at it, you go to your workplace, and you're used to seeing all your fellow employees around you," Loria said. "And suddenly, three or four guys are gone. It's a little bit disturbing. I understand that. But I'm going to wish him a great season."
In terms of signing any player to a multiyear contract, team president David Samson noted that two sides have to be agreeable.
"The Stanton issue, to me, is separate," Samson said. "It takes two people to sign a long-term deal. I don't believe our chances are any greater or less because of this offseason. This offseason has not changed our chances of signing Giancarlo. Not even by 1 percent."