Giancarlo Stanton is widely expected to sign a record-breaking 13-year, $325 million contract with the Miami Marlins, as the two sides are close to a deal. But according to Chris Cotillo of SB Nation's own MLB Daily Dish, the pact between the Marlins and Stanton may end sooner than expected.
During the initial rumors, there was word that Miami was going to work in not only a no-trade clause for Stanton, but an opt-out clause that would allow him to re-enter the free agent market earlier than expected. Such clauses have been found in other deals in the past and appear to be something major free agents now get regularly. Alex Rodriguez famously opted out of his 10-year, $255 million deal and received a 10-year, $275 million contract in return. CC Sabathia opted out after four years in New York and re-upped with the Yankees for seven more. Zack Greinke can opt out of his deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers after just three years.
If Stanton did opt out, he would be re-entering the market at 30 years of age, but more importantly for Marlins fans, he would be (potentially) exiting after just three free agent seasons were locked up. Essentially, that makes his contract a five-year, $110 million deal with an eight-year player option for Stanton.
It is worth noting that when we discussed the potential Stanton extension this past week, we made mention of this exact arrangement:
But if you want to go the midway route for Miami and Stanton, the Fish could go after a lifetime deal with a player opt-out clause at around the fifth or sixth year of the deal. This gives both parties an out. Stanton can opt out like most players do and re-enter the free agent market, thus maximizing his earnings. The Marlins can get cheaper per-year salaries by giving Stanton the security of a 12-year contract if he ever gets hurt, but they too can allow Stanton to divulge himself from their payroll if they regret the move in a few years.
This is highly beneficial to the players, who get a chance to establish themselves then enter the market again and get a huge second contract. The option to stick around would only be exercised if Stanton underperforms his deal, so the Marlins are running the risk of getting a bad performance and keeping Stanton without the benefit of getting a good performance and keeping him for the full 13 years.Then again, the Marlins may end up with some benefit to this aspect of the deal after all (we'll explain more of that later).
More on this developing story as it occurs right here on Fish Stripes!