Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton will add his powerful bat to the middle of Team USA's lineup in the World Baseball Classic.
The All-Star outfielder has committed to play for the United States in this year's Classic, according to a report by CBSSports.com's Jon Heyman, providing Team USA manager Joe Torre with another potent bat as the American club seeks its first WBC championship.
Fellow Major Leaguers Adam Jones, Brandon Phillips, Joe Mauer, David Wright and Ryan Braun have already expressed their intentions to play in the tournament. The World Baseball Classic rosters will be unveiled Thursday night on MLB Network.
Asked in September if he would consider playing in the Classic, Stanton responded: "Absolutely. Anything that represents your country is a big deal. It's relatively new. To have that be more popular, or make that more important to people, is ideal.
Stanton commits to play for Team USA in Classic
MLB.com | Jan 12