The Marlins will reportedly make a "legit" attempt to lock up OF Giancarlo Stanton long-term, but they are not overly optimistic about their chances.

The Marlins are going to have to open the wallets real wide for this one, but it's probably a wasted effort unless Stanton has some major affinity for playing in Miami and he doesn't want to leave. Unfortunately though, there are other teams with bigger stacks of cash and plenty of other ballparks out there that can help pad his numbers and set him up for an even bigger payday down the road.ANALYST: Howard Bender Mobile App