Looks like things are going in the right direction for the Florida Marlins.
First they line up a new stadium, which is being designed and in the pre-construction phase at the old Orange Bowl site. Then, with their meager $21M payroll, they are starting to win games and are in sole command of 1st place in the NL East.
And now, they are looking to wrap up their rising star, Hanley Ramirez, to a long term contract. Reports are it is going to be a 6 year deal worth around $70M. This is also a good sign because it means the Marlins would avoid salary arbitration for the first time in a long time with a star player – in fact, it seems to be the first time in a long time the Marlins have committed to keeping a star player in Miami. Ramirez is eligible for arbitration at the end of this season but is now looking to sign the richest deal in franchise history.
The details are not official yet, but it is looking like a lock. Stay tuned.