Yankees recruit Giancarlo Stanton has eclipsed the likes of A-Rod and Neymar by inking a contract worth an unprecedented sum.
The New York Yankees have splashed out an eye-watering $US325 million to lock up Giancarlo Stanton for the next 13 seasons.
While the 28-year-old’s new $25 million a year salary doesn’t even top the list of current Major League Baseball stars, the overall figure is the biggest ever contract signed by an athlete.
The former Miami Marlins slugger surpasses fellow baseballer Alex Rodriguez, who incredibly held two of the top three spots with the Texas Rangers paying him $252 million over 10 years, before the Yankees lured him to the Big Apple on a contract worth $275 million also over 10 years.
Brazilian footballer Neymar split A-Rod’s contracts this year when he joined Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona for approximately $270 million over five years, smashing the previous football transfer record.
Stanton is the reigning MVP of the National League (a division of the MLB), after becoming only the sixth player in history to hit 59 home runs in a season.
Derek Jeter under fire for allowing the record move
Despite the huge return for the Stanton trade — which includes infielder Starlin Castro and minor-leaguers Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers — Marlins fans and MLB pundits are questioning the value of the deal.
Former Yankees great Derek Jeter became owner of the franchise in September and the buck stops with him.
“Jeter’s honeymoon lasted about a day and a half,” said Miami Herald reporter Clark Spencer, who has covered the Marlins for 18 years.
“You are already hearing the comparisons to [loathed former owner Jeffrey] Loria.”
A MLB executive told ESPN Mr Jeter failed to look at the bigger picture as CEO.
“They need someone with experience,” the source said. “They are in a Catch-22. They will take $25 million off the books with the Stanton trade, but what does it do to revenues? Who is going to go to the games?”
Former Marlins president David Samson — who was moved on during Mr Jeter’s front office clean out — also weighed in.
“Maybe he has a plan,” he said on Miami’s 790 The Ticket. “I just can’t figure out what it is.”