By Roger Hoover / Jacksonville Suns
Former Jacksonville Sun Giancarlo (Suns fans knew him as Mike) Stanton has agreed to a historic contract with the Miami Marlins, announced by the Suns’ parent club earlier today.
Stanton has agreed to a 13-year, $325 million contract, a deal that also includes a no trade clause, the first given out by the organization.
This is the largest contract in professional sports history, and will keep Stanton in Miami until he is 38 years old.
This season Stanton led the National League with 37 home runs, and he was also first in slugging percentage and total bases.
Since he was called up from the Suns to the Marlins in June 2010, Stanton has hit 154 home runs and driven in 399 runs in his five major league seasons.
Stanton played in 132 games for the Suns in 2009 and 2010, blasting 37 homers with 105 RBI while helping the Suns win a pair of titles.
The Stanton signing may also prove to help other former Suns sign long-term deals with Miami, with Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna among others that are believed to get new contracts in the next few years.
Now that the Marlins’ biggest offseason priority is taken care of, the front office will continue to look for players that will improve the roster, as the “hot stove” league continues to heat up.