Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton takes center stage at the 2017 All-Star Game, since it takes place at his home ballpark. He’s also hoping to repeat as Home Run Derby champion after winning last year. In 2014, the Marlins signed Stanton to a massive, 13-year contract that started with the 2015 season and sees Stanton making more money each season.
The 27-year-old Stanton was born in Panorama City, California and played as “Mike Stanton” for his first two seasons. His full name is Giancarlo Cruz-Michael Stanton and he was drafted by the Marlins in the second round of the 2007 MLB draft.
In eight seasons, Stanton has made the All-Star Game four times and has hit .267 with 234 home runs and 598 RBI. In the first half of the 2017 season, Stanton hit an NL-leading 26 home runs, with 58 RBI and a .277 batting average. You can follow Stanton on Twitter and Instagram.
Here’s what you need to know about Stanton’s net worth and his contract.
1. Stanton Has Earned at Least $37.9 Million in Salary From the Marlins to Date
Stanton has an estimated net worth of $20 million, reports Celebrity Net Worth, but that’s probably lowballing it. According to Baseball-Reference, Stanton has earned at least $37,933,000 in his eight season so far, and that might not include bonuses.
According to MLB.com, Stanton was a three-sport star at Notre Dame High School in California, playing football, baseball and basketball. USC, UCLA and UNLV even recruited him to play football, but he chose baseball. After high school, Stanton had plans to attend Tulane, but decided to go pro when the Marlins drafted him.
In the minors, Stanton impressed the Marlins and he was called up in June 2010. His first major league home run turned out to be a grand slam against the Tampa Bay Rays. He made it to the All-Star Game in 2012, 2014, 2015 and 2017.
Despite not making the 2016 All-Star Game NL team, he still took part in the Home Run Derby. HE broke the record for most home runs in a single derby with 61.
2. Stanton Signed a 13-Year, $350 Million Contract in November 2014
In November 2014, Stanton signed the richest contract in pro sports history. The contract pays Stanton $325 million over 13 years. He won’t be an unrestricted free agent until 2029.
Much of the contract is backloaded, meaning that Stanton’s annual salary will increase every year until he turns 33. Spotrac shows that Stanton earns $14.5 million for this season.
That jumps to $25 million for 2018, $26 million for 2020 and $29 million in 2021 and 2022. In 2023, 2024 and 2025, he’s due $32 million each year. In 2026, he’s due $29 million and in 2027 and 2028, his salary decreases to $25 million. In 2028, the Marlins have a team option.
Fangraph Sports reports that the contract does have a “no-trade” clause, so he’ll have to approve any deal the Marlins might try to pull off to take the salary off their books.
Forbes also notes that he doesn’t have an opportunity to opt-out of the contract until 2020. It he does that, he’d be walking away from $218 million.
3. Stanton Bought a Three-Story Penthouse in Miami’s Under-Construction Aria on the Bay Tower for Between $1.8 Million and $6 Million
In May 2017, The Miami Herald reported that Stanton bought a three-story penthouse unit in the luxury Aria on the Bay condo tower. The building is still under construction and is expected to be finished by the end of the year.
It’s not known how much Stanton paid for the unit, but the Herald reports that similar units have sold for $1.8 million to $6 million.
The unit has five bedrooms, 7.5 bathrooms, an outdoor kitchen and a private pool. It’s also close to Marlins Park.
“After looking at other buildings with my broker, Ben Moss, Aria on the Bay’s downtown location, with sweeping views and the developer’s attention to detail, sold me on this property,” Stanton told the South Florida Business Journal.
4. Stanton Loves Splurging on Suits, Shoes & Watches
Stanton, who grew up in California, tries to be fashionable, but never too flashy. As he told the Associated Press in June 2016, “I’m more casual or clean-cut casual.”
Stanton told the AP that he has struggled to get used to the “loud stuff” you need in Miami, but he enjoys splurging on suits, shoes and especially watches. He loves Joe’s Jeans and Armani pants, and has about 40 pairs of shoes. His favorite shoe brands are Gucci and Christian Louboutin. He only has 10 belts to go with his 30 to 40 custom-made suits. He has signed deals with Barney’s and Tag Heuer watches.
While he loves high-priced fashion, his favorite piece of jewelry is a necklace that honors his heritage.
“It’s a little world and it’s got diamonds on Southern California, Puerto Rico and Ireland where I’m from,” Stanton told the AP. “That’s my favorite one. It’s wearable in the games. I like that one.”
5. Stanton Is Signed to the Same Talent Agents Who Work With LeBron James
Stanton isn’t just making money from his monster contract. He also has endorsement deals and has done off-the-field work.
In December 2016, Sports Business Daily reported that William Morris Endeavor (WME) partners Brad Slater and Josh Pyatt signed Stanton to the talent agency. They are the same agents who signed LeBron James in 2014 and will lead Stanton’s representation.
WME also represents Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who stars in HBO’s Ballers. Stanton appeared in the 2015 episode “Head-On.”
Stanton previously worked with DMA United on marketing deals. He is still managed by Santiago Rodriguez Jr. and kept his playing contract agent, Joel Wolfe.
Stanton is hoping to compete a full season without missing games due to injury. He’s played in 86 of 87 Marlins games this season. In an April interview with the Sun Sentinel, Stanton said completing a full, injury-free season means “everything” to him.
“That’s what I need to do,” he told the Sun Sentinel. “I haven’t had one in a while, so it’s what I need.”
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