The Miami Marlins have made sports history as they have agreed to a record breaking mega deal with right fielder and slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
The record making deal is worth $325 million and ties Stanton to the Marlins for the next 13 years.
An extension on Stanton's contract was the Marlins top priority this off-season and the 25-year-old is set to earn a lot of money in the coming years.
Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria is very happy about the landmark deal, saying:
"It's a landmark moment for the franchise and Giancarlo, and it's for the city and fans to rally around,"
Stanton is set to earn $25 million a season for the duration of the contract and will earn on average, $154,321 per game.
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Stanton was set for two more years in Miami as he wouldn't of become a free agent until 2016 but he has now tied down his long term future to the franchise.
Stanton who earned $6 million over the 2014 season has now taken a big jump forward in the deal that has a no trade clause and gives Stanton the chance to opt out after six years.
Stanton now overtakes Detroit Tigers first baseman Miguel Cabrera who signed a mega 10 year deal worth $292 million earlier this year and has also eclipsed the 10 year, $275 million deal Alex Rodriguez signed with the New York Yankees prior to the 2008 season.
Marlins fans have become increasingly hostile towards Loria for his penny picking ways in recent years with the Marlins having the lowest payroll in the majors in 2014.
A step towards the future
Despite the enormous risk that comes with a deal of this magnitude, the Marlins were smart to tie Stanton down to an extended deal.
The former second round pick showed his quality last season as he maintained a .555 slugging average and led the National League with 37 homers.
It was a great season for Stanton despite having to finish his year early after being hit in the face by a pitch in September.
Stanton missed the final 17 games of last season after the injury but was a crucial part of the team that stopped the Marlins three-year streak of finishing bottom of the NL East.
The Marlins went 77-85 last season and haven't reached the play-offs since 2003, but with Stanton at the helm, they have a good chance of challenging next year.
With a young roster that contains Jose Fernandez, Henderson Alvarez, Christian Yelich, Marcell Ozuna and Adeiny Hechavarria, the Marlins feel they can contend next year.