The Marlins are coming off an encouraging season in which they won 77 games, their most since 2010.
Stanton, meanwhile, suffered a facial laceration requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage after getting hit by a pitch on Sept. 11 — season-ending injuries that might have persuaded him to reassess the risk of waiting for free agency.
Finally, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said this week that the team is willing to discuss a no-trade clause with Stanton, potentially reversing a longstanding club policy.
The Marlins control Stanton for two more seasons before he reaches free agency. He is projected to earn $13 million in arbitration in 2015, according to a projection by Matt Swartz for MLBTradeRumors.com.
A 13-year contract would cover Stanton’s final two years of arbitration and 11 years of free agency, keeping the outfielder under club control through age 37.