Who wouldn't play baseball for $25 million a year!
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)
  • joshn-Koc
    11/30/2014 - 03:51 p.m.

    The fans of the Miami Marlins baseball team were mad because Jeffrey Loria, the team owner, spent most of his money on a new ballpark in 2012. The team had a bad season as an end result. Money spent on the new ballpark could have been invested in better players.

  • ArielB5
    12/01/2014 - 01:59 p.m.

    I would play baseball for that amount of money because my family would be finality stabled for generations and I'm doing something i love for a living .

  • cm2001KING
    12/02/2014 - 08:40 a.m.

    They were mad because they wearnt really happy with the money they put up for the player it was tooooooooo much money and they didn't want that much put up for a player like him

  • jgolden-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 11:43 a.m.

    i would love to play baseball for that much its my favorite sport and for that much who wouldn't play for you would be set for life

  • dringgold-Cla
    12/03/2014 - 11:49 a.m.

    yes because is fun and your getting all that money just hatting and catching a ball. Is got money for your family to but u can get hurt then be out for some games.

  • reedh-4
    12/04/2014 - 05:06 p.m.

    The Miami Marlins have just spent big bucks on player Giancarlo Stanton for 25 million 12 year deal. The struggling team hasn't reached the playoffs since 2003 and signing him was considered a long shot. His season was cut short when he was hit in the face by a ball and suffered major face injuries. He was leading the MLB with home runs. I think this was a good buy because he seems like a star athlete. Unfortunately, things like injuries happen, and the Marlins can't get out of their long contract. I think this was quite a lot of money, but this may bring revenue from fans and other people. I hope this will pay off for the marlins.

  • CGustavo-Sti
    12/19/2014 - 11:21 a.m.

    The Miami Marlins baseball team has persuaded Giancarlo Stanton to say yes to a deal for an American athlete, an average of $25 million per season for 13 years.

    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 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.

    this is cool because who wouldn't play baseball for $25 million per season for 13 years.

  • TreyvaunT
    1/08/2015 - 11:07 a.m.

    I dislike baseball a lot. In my opinion, it's the worst sport in the world. I would rather watch tennis, but if someone asked me to play baseball for $25 million dollars a year, I would be the best baseball player you would ever see.

  • marcosm-Ela
    1/09/2015 - 03:18 p.m.

    The fans were angry because they got rid of good players and the fans didn't like that. The fans didn't understand that they had no choice.

  • vancer-Che
    1/27/2015 - 02:20 p.m.

    Yes Mike Stanton is one of the best in the game right now and as of now the face of the Marlins, but Miami is a small market team, Your not gonna get a 325 Million dollar deal.

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