Miami Marlins’ outfielder Giancarlo Stanton is now the largest contract holder in American sports history.
Stanton and the Marlins created a 13-year contract for $325 million, Sports Illustrated reports. Stanton wants the Marlin’s to have financial flexibility in order to recruit new players in the future, so he’s settling for only $31 million during the first three seasons of his contract. Poor guy. (RELATED: Giancarlo Stanton Set To Become Highest Paid Player In MLB History)
Sources familiar with the contract claim Stanton will earn $6.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $14.5 million in 2017, ESPN reports. There is a no-trade clause until 2020 when Stanton can opt-out. That means he will be walking away from a guaranteed $218 million for the next seven seasons with the Marlins.
Stanton has hit a total of 154 home runs during his five years with the Marlins, so it’s no surprise the Marlins are putting Stanton on lockdown.