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giancarlo stantonWhen word broke last night that the Miami Marlins and star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton were seriously discussing an extension for at least $300 million over at least 10 years, it was easy to be suspicious of the Marlins’ motives and how they might structure things. That said, if the money was really there for the taking, how could anyone turn it down?

And, according to Jon Heyman, Stanton is not going to turn it down. Heyman says the sides are “closing in” on a 13-year, $325 million extension (those numbers are pure LOL), which will include some kind of no-trade protection AND some kind of opt-out.

I can’t wait to hear the full contract breakdown, and I hope for Stanton’s sake, he’s got some legit protections built in, just in case the Marlins try to pull any shenanigans down the road.

As for the deal, if it’s finalized, all I can do is kick dirt as a fan of rumor excitement. Seeing Stanton as a possible trade candidate for a year, and then watching his free agency play out … man, that would have been pure bliss. Alas, it’s not to be, and it sounds like a deal will soon be done that keeps him in Miami for a very long time, and makes him very rich. Good on you for that, Giancarlo.

As for the Marlins, good on them for retaining a home-grown superstar, and we’ll see if they surround him with talent for years to come. I’ll believe it when I see it (and, also, I’m really not so sure this is the right deal for them, but that’s a separate issue).

A couple stray tweets that I sent out commensurate with the post, but if you don’t do the Twitter thing, I’ll just tack ‘em on here:

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