Report: Marlins and Stanton reach long-term agreement

( – The Miami Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton reportedly have
a long-term agreement in place.

According to, the 25-year-old outfielder is close to signing a
13-year, $325 million contract. It would be the richest in North American
sports history.

Speculation grew over the weekend that the two sides were working on the pact
and Stanton was in Miami on Saturday night for the Florida State-Miami
football game.

The Marlins, however, said an agreement was not imminent.

Stanton finished as the runner-up to Clayton Kershaw for NL MVP honors after a
stellar 2014 season that included an NL-best 37 homers and a career-high 105
runs batted in.

His season was cut short in September after being hit in the face by a pitch
from Milwaukee’s Mike Fiers. Stanton missed the final 2 1/2 weeks of the
season after suffering multiple facial fractures, dental damage and
lacerations that required stitches.

A two-time All-Star, Stanton has 154 homers and 399 RBI with a career .271
batting average in 634 games since making his big league debut with the
Marlins in 2010.