Giancarlo Stanton, 25, signed a 13-year $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins, making it the most lucrative contract in sports history.
However, there are a couple of variables that could play out with the contract, including a few stipulations as well.
To begin with, a source said that Stanton was agreeable to a heavily backloaded contract structure, so that the Marlins were able to sign other players to help the team win ballgames. The contract will only pay him $30 million over the span of his first three seasons. To give you a better idea of what Stanton could be making now, if Stanton doesn’t opt-out of his contract after the first six seasons, Stanton will be making over $30 million a season for the remaining seven years.
If he remains a Marlin after those first six years, he will have a complete no-trade clause, guaranteeing him $218 million.
Stanton’s contract may be the largest in American sports history in that it is the highest in contract value, but he still not the highest paid athlete annually. Stanton’s contract nets out to $25 million annually, but currently Detroit Tigers Miguel Cabrera and New York Yankees Alex Rodriguez are paid roughly $30 million a season.
Before Stanton could finish the 2014 season, he was hospitalized for getting hit in the face by a pitch. Stanton was leading the majors with 105 RBIs and the National League with 37 home runs, and was a favorite to win the NL MVP.