Ken Rosenthal of FOXSports.com reported yesterday that Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins were discussing a 10-year, $300 million contract, but now Rosenthal says they’re talking about a 12-year, $320 million deal.
Either way it would be the largest contract in MLB history, a distinction that currently belongs to Miguel Cabrera and the Tigers at $292 million over 10 years.
Stanton is under team control via arbitration for 2015 and 2016, and could expect to earn at least $30 million for those two seasons. So it’s possible that the Marlins offered him a 10-year extension and including the arbitration seasons brought the total to around $320 million for 12 years.
Signing him for a dozen seasons would keep Stanton under team control through the age of 36. He finished runner-up for the NL MVP yesterday after hitting .288 with 37 homers and a .950 OPS in 142 games before a facial injury ended his season.
The Braves and Marlins have some bad blood, especially concerning Ronald Acuña Jr. Around this time last year, José Ureña intentionally threw at Acuña in the first at-bat of a game, leading to a benches-clearing incident. Acuña was hit on the elbow and exited the game but was ultimately fine. Acuña’s crime? Just being good at baseball. At the time, he had homered in five consecutive games, including three games against the Marlins.
In 2019, the first-place Braves and last-place Marlins have mostly minded their own business. The Marlins, however, can certainly keep a grudge it appears. With his first pitch in the bottom of the first inning Tuesday night in Atlanta, Marlins starter Elieser Hernández hit Acuña in the hip.
Home plate umpire Alan Porter issued warnings to both dugouts. Braves manager Brian Snitker wasn’t happy about his side having received a warning for no reason, and was ejected by first base umpire Mark Wegner. Hernández would hit Adeiny Hechavarría with a pitch in the fourth inning — seemingly unintentionally — and was not ejected. Other than that, there were no more incidents and cooler heads prevailed.
Acuña finished 1-for-4 in the Braves’ 5-1 win. Freddie Freeman hit two home runs and knocked in four runs.