Marlins, Stanton discussing record-breaking $320 million deal
Would Giancarlo Stanton turn down the biggest contract in professional sports history?
The Miami Marlins apparently intend to find out.
The two sides are discussing a potential landmark deal that would be for a reported 13 years and $325 million, major-league sources say.
The contract, according to CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman, would include a no-trade and opt-in clauses.
Stanton’s representatives also had discussed shorter deals 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 on Thursday.
"We’re having continual dialogue," Marlins general manager Dan Jennings said Thursday. "I wouldn’t say we’re close to anything."
The Detroit Tigers’ Miguel Cabrera currently holds the biggest contract in sports history — 10 years, $292 million, a deal that began last season and runs through 2023.
Stanton, 25, has questioned the commitment of Marlins ownership in the past, famously tweeting, "Alright I’m pissed off!!!" after the team traded several veterans to the Blue Jays in Nov. 2012.
Circumstances, however, have changed.
The Marlins are coming off an encouraging season in which they won 77 games, their most since 2010.
Stanton, meanwhile, suffered a facial laceration requiring stitches, multiple facial fractures and dental damage after getting hit by a pitch on Sept. 11 — season-ending injuries that might have persuaded him to reassess the risk of waiting for free agency.
Finally, Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill said this week that the team is willing to discuss a no-trade clause with Stanton, potentially reversing a longstanding club policy.
The Marlins control Stanton for two more seasons before he reaches free agency. He is projected to earn $13 million in arbitration in 2015, according to a projection by Matt Swartz for MLBTradeRumors.com.
A 13-year contract would cover Stanton’s final two years of arbitration and 11 years of free agency, keeping the outfielder under club control through age 37.