Giancarlo Stanton's hopes to remain a Marlin in the future -- if he actually does want that -- will have to wait until after the 2013 season.
According to CBSSports.com, Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria said tuesday during a press conference aimed at restoring faith in his overhauled 2013 Marlins, that he would not extend Stanton's contract before seeing him play this season.
"We are hoping that that moment will come but Giancarlo needs to play this year," said Loria. "He is here for certainly the foreseeable future and we will cross that bridge at the appropriate moment.
"I dont think this is the year to go to Giancarlo with an offer. We have to let him play it out, let him feel more comfortable."
Stanton will be eligible for arbitration in 2014.
Marlins down Mets, Stanton homers
JUPITER, Fla. (AP) -- Giancarlo Stanton homered Tuesday on an 0-2 fastball over the plate, a pitch he's likely to seldom see this season. (See full recap).
The Miami Marlins slugger hit his first homer of spring training in a 7-5 victory over the New York Mets.
Stanton had 37 homers last year and led the NL in slugging. Because he's one of only two returning starters from opening day 2012 following an offseason payroll purge, he expects teams to pitch around him a lot.
"With less than two outs, they're probably going to fool around with me a little bit more," he said.
Stanton got a pitch he could handle against Hansel Robles. Matt Downs also homered off Robles.
Braves claim victory over Nationals
KISSIMMEE, Fla. (AP) Washington's Ross Detwiler got in some much-needed work before the World Baseball Classic, while the Atlanta Braves scored five runs in the fifth on the way to a 9-5 win over their division rival Tuesday. (See full recap).
Detwiler pitched two scoreless innings before failing to get out of the third, allowing two runs. The left-hander gave up five hits and walked two in a game delayed an hour by rain.
The Braves erased a 3-2 deficit against loser Ryan Perry, who allowed Jordan Parraz's homer and run-scoring singles to Ernesto Mejia and Juan Francisco. Brandon Mann walkedRamiro Pena with the bases loaded before Joey Terdoslavich closed the big inning with a sacrifice fly.