Giancarlo Stanton’s contract is backloaded. REALLY backloaded.

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Russell Martin’s deal is backloaded. So too is Giancarlo Stanton’s. REALLY backloaded. As in, he’ll only make $30 million in his first three years. And, if he opts out after the first six years of his 13-year deal, he leaves $218 million on the table. The details from Jayson Stark:

According to a major league source who had seen the terms, Stanton’s salaries over those first three seasons will be only $6.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016 and $14.5 million in 2017, far less than he could have earned through arbitration in 2015-16 and then via free agency. He would then earn $77 million over the next three seasons, and could opt out of the contract after 2020, following his age 30 season.

So the Marlins would be on the hook for only $107 million of the deal over the first six seasons, which computes to an average annual value of just $17.83 million per season before Stanton would have the right to exercise the opt-out clause.

This certainly changes the view of this deal. And if for some reason this deal turns sour on the Marlins, it turns really sour, with the final seven years coming in at over $31 million a year all while Stanton has a full no-trade clause. One big injury or some inexplicable Dale Murphy-style falloff and it’s uglyville.

In the meantime, though: a bargain for the Marlins and flexibility for them to go get other pieces to complement Stanton. Now: will they do it?

 

Giancarlo Stanton is in tonight’s lineup

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The Yankees have activated Giancarlo Stanton from the 60-day injured list. Stanton is starting in left field and batting fifth tonight against the Angels.

Stanton has missed nearly three months with a PCL strain in his right knee and has played in only nine games this season, hitting .290/.421/.419 with a double, a homer, seven RBI, and four runs scored in 38 plate appearances. Obviously the Yankees have been OK without him, but it’ll be nice to have him back. Indeed, if he’s not too rusty, it’ll be like they picked up a big time slugger at a trade deadline that fell on September 18, but just for the Yankees.