Giancarlo Stanton is reported to be on the verge of usurping Alex Rodriguez as Major League Baseball’s top money man. The 25 year-old from the Miami Marlins, who appeared to be on his way out via free agency may stay after all.
The contract numbers run in large fonts, 325 million over 13 years it has been reported. This would be quite positive news for Giancarlo, who hit .288 and led the NL with 37 home runs while driving in 105. He was hit in the face with a pitch two weeks from the end of the season.
This may turn to be the defining move for a franchise that has won two World Championships, one in 1997 against the Cleveland Indians and defeating the New York Yankees in 2003. On each occasion they dismantled the team for primarily financial reasons.
The Marlins appear to be on the upswing and by keeping their best player at least until his opt out clause in five or six years would give Miami a chance to make a run at success in the years to come.