The Miami Marlins are closing in on a deal with outfielder Giancarlo Stanton for thirteen years, $325 million, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Heyman also reports that the deal will include a no-trade clause and an opt-out clause. Once this deal is completed, it will be the most lucrative contract ever given out in major league baseball history.
The Marlins and Stanton were reported to be discussing a contract extension that would be for “at least” ten years, worth a surplus of $300 million, sources had told Ken Rosenthal of FOX Sports. Detroit Tigers’ first baseman Miguel Cabrera had previously had the league’s biggest contract, which is a ten-year deal that is worth $292 million.
"Stanton’s representatives also have discussed shorter contracts with the Marlins, and the mere fact that the sides continue to talk is a sign of progress, sources say. Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe, declined comment."
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The Marlins had not kept quiet in their reluctant desire of wanting to give their superstar outfielder a long-term extension. With recent reports indicating that perhaps progress had been made between Miami and Stanton, his agent, Joel Wolfe, and the team’s general manager, Dan Jennings, both declined to comment when both were asked to respond to the Rosenthal report. However, with news of a deal almost finalized, it seems like they have completed business, locking up their superstar before the Winter Meetings in December.
Stanton, 25, finished runner-up to Los Angeles Dodgers’ ace Clayton Kershaw in the National League MVP voting this season after slashing .288/.395/.555 with 37 home runs and 105 runs batted in over 145 games for the Marlins, before having his season end in September after being hit in the face by a pitch, causing Stanton to have to undergo plastic surgery stemming from multiple fractures and lacerations.
The Marlins have an organizational policy of not giving any of their players no-trade clauses, but it is looking like one will be included in a extension with Stanton.