Miami's Stanton says record deal not like winning lottery
By Zachary Fagenson
MIAMI (Reuters) - Giancarlo Stanton's record deal with the Major League Baseball's Miami Marlins is the biggest contract in American sports but the slugger says he doesn't feel like he has won the lottery.
The outfielder's deal is for $325 million over 13 years but he won't be instantly among the sport's top earners with reports suggesting the contract is heavily backloaded and ESPN saying he may earn $6.5 million next season.
Still, the pressure of the eye-catching grand total, which will be paid out if Stanton stays with Miami through 2027, does not seem to worry the Californian.
"I know I have a lot of expectations I have to live up to, which I'm willing to do. This isn't like having a winning lottery ticket and peace out," Stanton said on Wednesday during his introductory news conference.
"You win the lottery and go away, retire. This is the start of new work and a new job for this city. It's a huge responsibility."
Backloading the deal gives Miami a chance to add some other key players to give Stanton a chance of showing off his powerful hitting in the playoffs next season.
"We have got to add pieces around me. We've got to trust that we're all in it to win it. That's why it's structured that way," Stanton, one of the game's most feared sluggers, said when asked about the backloading.
"I want to win. Yeah, I'm financially good for the rest of my life, great, but I’m not trying to come here and get my butt kicked for 10 hours and go home to a lavish lifestyle every day. That’s not fun for me. Continued...