Ken Rosenthal has learned that the Marlins are discussing a possible contract that is “at least 10 years and at least $300 million.” They are also considering a number of shorter contracts, but this one is apparently on the table as well.
Stanton is coming off the best season of his young career. The 25 year old hit .288/37/105 in 145 games this season. In addition, he had nearly 100 walks and ended with a .395 OBP and .950 OPS.
Discussion over the Marlins ability to sign Stanton to a long term deal has been discussed for years and seemed to be almost impossible after the team dealt away Jose Reyes, Mark Buehrle, and others not even one year into their contracts with the team.
A new stadium and a change from the Florida Marlins to the Miami Marlins seemed to signal a change for the Marlins that they had waited for seemingly forever. However, after that trade, Marlins fans and even Stanton seemed to no longer trust owner Jeffery Loria.
Recently, the Marlins front office has admitted that they will be willing to break the no trade clause they have famously never given to a player. Even so, it may take signing a few more big names to convince Stanton that the Marlins are serious about winning and not just being a solid business for Loria.
The NL MVP award is being given out tonight and Stanton is expected to place in the top two, if not win it outright. Between his bat, his glove, and his throwing arm, adding an MVP to his resume may just be the tipping point for the Marlins to give Stanton the largest contract in the history of sports.