Giancarlo Stanton rumors: The Miami Marlins and outfielder Giancarlo Stanton are "closing in" on a 13 year contract worth $325 million, according to Jon Heyman on Twitter.
Stanton, who just turned 25 a few days ago, is one of the top young players in the game. Many observers were skeptical about the possibility of the Marlins locking him up long-term, both because of questions about Miami's willingness to commit the sort of dollars necessary to get a deal done, and because of questions about Stanton's willingness to commit to the Marlins, if they were not going to be contenders.
According to Heyman, the deal includes a no-trade clause and an opt-out, which gives Stanton some protection against being shuffled off to some other team he doesn't want to play for (a la Mark Buehrle and Jose Reyes), or being stuck in Miami if he doesn't like the team's direction.
The Rangers reportedly had long coveted Stanton -- as did many other major leagues -- and had made overtures with the Marlins in the past about acquiring Stanton.
UPDATE -- Here is Heyman's article, which just went up.