It appears the Miami Marlins don't believe they'll be paying out the full balance of Giancarlo Stanton's 13-year, $325 million mega-deal signed this offseason.
Speaking candidly at PirateFest on Saturday, Pittsburgh Pirates team president Frank Coonelly relayed a conversation he had with Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria and president David Samson to the assembled crowd.
“They thought it was a great deal,” Coonelly said, via Rob Biertempfel of the Tribune-Review. “I just couldn't get my head around the $325 million. They said to me, ‘You don't understand. (Stanton) has an out clause after six years. Those first six years are only going to cost $107 million. After that, he'll leave and play for somebody else. So, it's not really $325 million.'"
The major takeaway from this is that Loria and Samson likely went into the deal with Stanton firmly believing that Giancarlo Stanton will be playing elsewhere halfway through the 13-year pact.
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