This article was originally published on November 15, 2014:
Giancarlo Stanton will, likely, get $325 million dollars in exchange for playing for the Miami Marlins for 13 more years (assuming he doesn’t get traded or opts out).
That, scientifically, is known as a buttload of money. How much money? Let’s go through it…
$500 Million: The value of the Miami Marlins, according to Forbes. Yes, Jeffrey Loria is basically saying that Giancarlo Stanton represents 65% of the value of the team itself.
It is over 20 times Babe Ruth‘s career earnings after inflation.
It is over 1.6 times Ken Griffey Jr.’s career earnings after inflation.
It is over 1.2 times Barry Bonds‘ career earnings after inflation.
$311 Million: The GDP of Sao Tome and Principe, a island nation in the Gulf of Guinea
$785.20: The amount of money every person in the City of Miami would receive if Giancarlo’s next contract was split up equally amongst them.
Giancarlo would be able to buy eight 1962-63 Ferrari 250 GTOs (which sold for $38 million dollars in August) with his proposed new contract’s money.
$294 Million: The cost, adjusted for inflation, of Titanic, the second most expensive (when adjusted for inflation) movie production of all time.
812.5 years: How long the President of United States would have to be in office to make that amount of money ($325 million) from the job.
$292,198,327: Total salary earnings (without inflation) of Shaquille O’Neil over his entire NBA career.
10: The number of NHL franchises, according to Forbes, with a value below $325 million dollars.
All of them: The number of MLS teams, according to Forbes, with a value below $325 million dollars. If he were in a soccer sort of mood, Giancarlo could afford to buy both the most and the third most valuable MLS team at the same time with the money he will earn over his next deal.
The original cost to build Fenway Park was $650,000 dollars, which is $15.9 million dollars when adjusted for inflation. That means that Giancarlo Stanton over the span of his hypothetical new contract would be able to build 20 Fenway Parks circa 1912, and he’d have enough money left to do just under half of a 21st.
$25 Million: How much Giancarlo would make in an average year under his new contract.
$10 Million: GDP of the island country of Niue. It would take Niue two and a half years of it’s entire gross domestic product to pay for one year of Giancarlo Stanton.
I don’t think anyone can imagine how big Mike Trout‘s deal will be if this is anything to go on.
yeah that’s a whole lot of loot, even in today’s money, but he has to play for the Miami Marlins. oh dear.
Not sure I agree with the math that says the Marlins are saying Stanton is worth 65% of the value of the team. That $325 million is spread out over 13 years, while the $500 million dollar value of the team is what they are worth right now. That being said, I really like this article. I doubt Mike Trout will get a contract like this – in part, because I think this was a dumb move by the Marlins, and most GM’s are probably laughing at them for such a ridiculous contract for such an unproven player (he’s only played one legitimately injury-free season). They MIGHT get 4-5 years in this contract where he’s worth $25 million. But, the rest of it will consist of production well below what he’s being paid.