Who wouldn't play baseball for $25 million a year! National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton of the Miami Marlins at bat in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field (Reuters / Jeff Curry / USA TODAY Sports)
Who wouldn't play baseball for $25 million a year!
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The Miami Marlins baseball team has persuaded Giancarlo Stanton to say yes to the most lucrative deal ever for an American athlete, an average of $25 million per season for 13 years.

Stanton agreed to terms on a $325 million contract, team owner Jeffrey Loria said. "It's a landmark moment for the franchise and Giancarlo," according to the owner.

The Marlins star right fielder wasn't due to become eligible for free agency that's when a player can sign with any team until after the 2016 season, and signing him to a long-term deal was considered a long shot. The Marlins haven't reached the playoffs since 2003, and he was distrustful of the franchise's direction.

Miami's 2014 payroll of $52.3 million was the lowest in the majors and the last time they spent big was before the 2012 season, the first in their new ballpark. Then came a disastrous season and salary purge, intensifying fan animosity toward Loria.

That sell-off and subsequent roster rebuilding set the stage for the Stanton deal, Loria said.

"Unfortunately people didn't understand that two years ago, we had no choice," the owner said of getting rid of many of the club's best players. "I had to get to today."

Loria's frugal ways in the past made the franchise the butt of jokes, so given such thriftiness, the generosity toward Stanton becomes even more stunning.

His contract tops the $292 million, 10-year deal that Miguel Cabrera agreed to with the Detroit Tigers in March. Alex Rodriguez signed the largest previous deal, a $275 million, 10-year contract with the Yankees before the 2008 season.

Stanton, who turned 25 on Nov. 8, is perhaps the game's most feared slugger. He has 154 career homers, including 37 this year. The two-time All-Star right fielder recently won the NL Hank Aaron Award and was voted the NL's outstanding player in balloting by his fellow major leaguers.

"Giancarlo Stanton has come of age, and he's going to be here a long time," Loria said. "It's wonderful to have a young man this caliber, integrity and ability, and I'm very happy."

Stanton's 2014 season ended Sept. 11 when he was hit in the face by a pitch and suffered fractures in his face and other injuries. Despite missing the final 17 games, he led the NL in homers and slugging for the Marlins, who went 77-85 but ended a three-year streak of last-place finishes in the NL East.

The Marlins have said they're not concerned the injuries will have lingering effects. They made locking up Stanton their top offseason priority and overcame his skepticism about their efforts to fielding a winning team.

The Marlins believe they're poised to contend next year with a young roster of players than includes right-handers Jose Fernandez and Henderson Alvarez, Gold Glove left fielder Christian Yelich, center fielder Marcell Ozuna and shortstop Adeiny Hechavarria.

Critical thinking challenge: Why were fans angry with team owner Jeffrey Loria in 2012?

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COMMENTS (23)
  • DD2001green
    11/25/2014 - 08:44 a.m.

    Fans were angry with Jeffrey Loria. Fans were angry with Jeffrey Loria because they had to get rid of some of the best player on there team to put Giancarlo on the team.

  • Stephenpa-Fre
    11/25/2014 - 01:19 p.m.

    If this was me I would take it because you may not get much from any other jobs out there. People that work vary hard may only get on million and that is if they have a good job and they are vary smart in what they do.

  • Micaelaia-Fre
    11/25/2014 - 01:19 p.m.

    Who wouldn't play baseball for a 25 million dollar contract every season? Giancarlo Stanton took the chance of this salary from the Miami Marlins. This right fielder signed a contact for 25 million dollars every season for 13 years. This contract was the highest paying contract he has ever had! I believe that this guy is one of the best right fielders in the MLB!

  • Omarse-Fre
    11/25/2014 - 01:25 p.m.

    According to the article, Giancarlo Stanton was offered 25 million dollars for 1 year. The marlins offered a 325 million dollars for 13 years. The article also mentioned that it would be the biggest offer toward an American player.

  • 8PARSHADSOLOMON-Flo
    11/25/2014 - 01:37 p.m.

    I believe 25 million dollars is a salary i would want if i were to play baseball but although some people shouldn't make that much money. 25 million is what a doctor would make in two life terms maybe. Plus the fact this baseball player gets payed that much money every year. I'm sure he worked hard to get that position but does he really need that much money compared to much poorer people whom earn no more than a 100 thousand a lifetime or less. The economy is crashing because of these issues and unfair pay rates.

  • Zhania
    11/25/2014 - 04:32 p.m.

    I would I can be a billion air and I would get a chance to see how good I am it would be the life

  • DD2000BASEBALL
    11/26/2014 - 08:42 a.m.

    The fans were mad in 2012 because Jeffrey Loria traded away 3 huge players to get draft pics or other players that are younger.

  • Brennand-Lam
    11/26/2014 - 10:41 a.m.

    Critical Thinking Challenge: The fans were angry with the owner Jeffrey Loria in 2012 because he either traded or didn't resign the best players on the team to build a new stadium.

  • Cameronh-Lam
    11/26/2014 - 02:34 p.m.

    I know I definitely would play baseball if I got paid that much. This just shows every kid out there dreaming to be at this stage that hard work pays off.

  • Jacobs-Lam
    11/26/2014 - 02:37 p.m.

    I would defiantly play in the MLB for a salary like that. I personally love baseball and have a dream to one day be a professional baseball player. With a salary like that the decision would be an easy one for me.

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