MIAMI: Slugger Giancarlo Stanton has reportedly agreed in principle to a record 13-year, $325 million (261m euros) contract with the Miami Marlins, US media said on Monday (Tuesday in Manila).
If the monster deal becomes official it would be the richest contract in North American sports history, CBSSports.com reported.
The 25-year-old Stanton is the most feared power hitter in American baseball. He finished runner-up to pitcher Clayton Kershaw for National League MVP honours after a superb 2014 Major League Baseball season that included an NL-best 37 homers and a career-high 105 runs batted in.
“Giancarlo Stanton has come of age, and he’s going to be here a long time,” Marlins’ owner Jeffrey Loria told ESPN.com. “It’s wonderful to have a young man of this calibre, integrity and ability, and I’m very happy.”
MLB.com said an official announcement of the blockbuster contract could come on Wednesday.
The contract will also include a no-trade clause, believed to be the first ever given out by the Marlins. It also includes an opt-out clause after six seasons.
The two-time all-star’s season was cut short in September after being hit in the face by a pitch from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers. Stanton missed the final two and a half weeks of the season after suffering multiple facial fractures, cuts and dental damage.
The contract would top the $292 million, 10-year deal Miguel Cabrera signed with the Detroit Tigers in March. Alex Rodriguez inked the largest previous deal, a 10-year, $275 million mega contract with the New York Yankees before the 2008 season.
In 634 career games, Stanton has 154 homers and 399 RBI with a career .271 batting average. He made his major league debut with the Marlins in 2010.
Stanton was due to become eligible for free agency before the 2017 season. AFP