The Miami Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton have agreed on the largest contract in sports history. The slugger signed for $325 million and 13 years.
The contract includes an opt-out after six years and a no-trade clause that favors Stanton.
During the 2014 season, it seemed impossible for the Marlins to sign Stanton to a long-term deal, and a trade seemed to be the most logical and probable thing the Marlins would do; especially since the Marlins have been known to get rid of their star players recently. In 2012 they traded away their start shortstop, Jose Reyes and star pitcher Mark Buehrle to the Blue Jays a year after signing them as free agents.
The Marlins seem to be on the right track though, with a good group of young developing players in the system. Jose Fernandez is locked up with the Marlins for another four years, shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria and outfielder Christian Yelich have begun discussions for long-term deals as well.
As a Marlins’ fan or even a baseball fan, one has to wonder if this contract is too much money and/or too many years.
First of all, although Stanton is just as good as advertised, he has missed over 80 games combined in the 2012 and 2013 seasons due to leg problems. The 25 year-old outfielder has actually not seen a pitch since Sept. 11 of last year. He got hit in the face, suffering several facial fractures and dental damage that sat him the rest of the 2014 season. Secondly, these long-term contracts have not looked so good with other players—except for Derek Jeter’s 10 year deal at age 27. Alex Rodriguez, Albert Pujols and Joe Mauer all signed contracts like this one, and now those contracts don’t look as good as they once did.
Just how much money is Stanton going to make, you ask? According to Sportsnaut.com, taking Stanton’s average at bats per season, he is going to make over $42,600 per at bat over the next 13 years, $2,853 per hour, and over $17,000 per inning played!