The Miami Marlins are about to lock-up the face of its franchise.
According to multiple reports, the Marlins Marlins are on the verge of signing Giancarlo Stanton to a 13-year $325 million contract.
Once this contract is complete, it will be the first ever plus $300 million contract in the history of Major League Baseball.
Stanton is just 25-years-old, and has already established himself as the premier power hitter in baseball, consistently launching mammoth home-runs.
He hit seven home-runs that traveled further than 450-feet last season, more than any individual team had combined.
Last season with the Marlins, Stanton hit .288, tied a career high with 37 home-runs, and drove in 105 runs before being shut down for the season after being hit in the face by a pitch.
With Stanton locked up, Miami will have a true fact of the franchise for years to come, and an ultimate center piece to build around.
Locking up Stanton seems like the logical move for the Marlins, just like the Angels signing Albert Pujols to a 10-year $254 million contract made sense, and just like the Yankees signing Alex Rodriguez to a 10-year $275 million contract made sense. This contract will quickly become regrettable.
The steroid era is long over, and to expect players to even come close to living up to the lofty expectations that come with this contract is ridiculous.
Pujols is a shell of the player he used to be, Alex Rodriguez lasted a few years before he broke down, and Justin Verlander does not resemble the pitcher than won the MVP a few years back.
Who knows, maybe Stanton will be the exception who turns out to be worth every penny, and he leads the Marlins to the promise land.
But the way these things usually go is in the not to distant future, Stanton will be viewed as having the worst contract in sports, and the Marlins will look back to this day and ask themselves what were they thinking??