The Miami Marlins have locked up their big fish Giancarlo Stanton to an MLB-record $325 million contract spanning over 13 years. This deal smashes Robinson Cano’s 10-year $240 of last year. Remarkably Stanton is still behind Alex Rodriguez and Miguel Cabrera in salary per year (Cabrera $29 million and A-Rod $27.5 million vs Stanton $25 million), but the total amount crushes the record.
Stanton is coming off another dominant year where he smashed a NL-leading 37 home runs, drove in 105 RBIs and batted .288. He has the offense and defense of a max-level player. And did I mention he likes to do this a lot?
And he can do this too.
His new contract keeps him a Marlin until 2028 when he will be 38. That’s a long time. Too long for the Marlins. This club has a propensity for handing out massive contracts to players only to trade them in two years. Don’t believe me? Just ask Hanley Ramirez, Miguel Cabrera, Josh Beckett, Mark Buehrle, Jose Reyes and Heath Bell. For now the Marlins have one of the best young baseball players on the planet locked up so let’s not kill the mood. Congrats to Stanton and the Marlins fan base.