The Miami Marlins and star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton are close to signing the highest-paying contract in major league history, according to Jon Heyman of CBS Sports. Though there is no official word yet, the deal is believed to be for $325 million over 13 years. It is expected to include a no-trade clause, as well as an opt-out clause after an undisclosed number of years. The average value per year is $25 million.
This deal would break the previous record for total value of an MLB contract of $275 million set by Alex Rodriguez and the Yankees in 2007. However, Stanton would be making slightly less per year than Rodriguez.
It is clear that Stanton, who is still just 25 years old, is one of the best players in the game today. The outfielder finished second in the NL MVP voting behind Clayton Kershaw this year after hitting .288/.395/.555 with 37 home runs and 105 RBIs. If this contract is finalized, the Mets will face one of the most dangerous bats in the league 19 times a year for the foreseeable future.