The Miami Marlins have signed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a record-breaking contract.
The Miami Marlins have signed outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to a record-breaking contract. The contract calls for Stanton to get $325 million over a 13-year period. This is the biggest amount ever paid to anyone in North American professional sports and the longest contract in baseball history. The Martins are betting that Giancarlo (known as "Mike" prior to 2012) will propel the Martins into National League playoffs and maybe the World Series. Last year Giancarlo led the National League with 37 home runs and a.555 slugging percentage, earning him the runner-up position in 2014's Most Valuable Player competition. The Martins first drafted Giancarlo in 2007 and brought him up to the majors in 2010. He was selected for the ?ll-Star teams in 2012 and 2014. He has hit some of the longest home runs in baseball history, including a 494-footor that hit the scoreboard in Coors Field. How many runs did Giancarlo Stanton score in 2014? If his annual salary were based on home runs alone, how much would each home run be worth?