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Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton agrees to $325 million contract – SportsUntapped.com
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Added November 18th, 2014 by Ian

Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton agrees to $325 million contract
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CBS Sports has reported that Miami Marlins’ slugger Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to a $325 million contract extension with the Major League Baseball club which will run for the next 13 years. The new deal represents the biggest-ever contract in the history of North American professional sports. The 25-year-old player was also given an opt-out and no-trade clause and his contract surpasses the $293 million deal that Miguel Cabrera signed with the Detroit Tigers earlier this year. Stanton will be eligible to opt out of the deal when he reaches the age of 30 and that will enable him to sign an even better contract.

Stanton is regarded as an excellent offensive player, but he’s also struggled with some injuries over the past few years. He is already the Marlins’ all-time home-run leader with 154. He’s also a good fielder with quite a bit of speed. Stanton hit 37 homers in 2014 to lead the National League even though he sat out the last two weeks of the campaign after he was hit in the face by a pitch in a game against the Milwaukee Brewers. Stanton also led the league in total bases with 299, as well as intentional walks at 24 and a slugging percentage of .555.

The Marlins had the second-lowest payroll in 2014 with Stanton being the highest-paid player at $6.5 million. The native of Los Angeles added 105 RBIs this season and batted for a .288 average. Stanton said he loves living in Miami and also likes the direction the team is headed in. He respects general manager Dan Jennings and manager Mike Redmond and believes the team has what it takes to reach the playoffs next year. The Marlins have some good young players in outfielders Marcell Ozuna and Christian Yelich, pitcher Jose Fernandez and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Stanton finished second in the voting for the National League’s MVP Award this season as he lost out to pitcher Clayton Kershaw of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Kershaw had a 21-3 record with a 1.77 ERA. While it’s possible that Stanton will stay with Miami for the next 13 years there’s a good chance that he’ll invoke the opt-out clause of the contract after five or six more years with the Florida team. Stanton has a career batting average of .271 to go along with his 154 home runs, 619 hits, 138 doubles, 399 RBIs and a .364 on-base percentage.

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