MLB roundup: Stanton contract 'toughest
decision of my life'
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[November 20, 2014]
Most people, had they been offered a
$325 million contract spread out over 13 years, would agree to it
immediately. But not Giancarlo Stanton.
"This was the toughest decision of my life. This is 13 years,"
Stanton said. "I didn't even go to school for 13 years, all right? I
wanted to make sure this is what I wanted to do in terms of changing
things around here."
Stanton, who finished second in the National League MVP race this
past season, would be 37 years old at the end of the contract,
assuming he stays with the deal. He does have an option to become a
free agent after six years. The contract is back-loaded. Stanton
will average $17.8 million for the first six years. He would average
$31.1 million for the final seven years.
---Billy Butler and the Oakland Athletics finalized a three-year,
$30 million deal that relocates the Kansas City Royals designated
hitter to the middle of the A's lineup.
Butler, a .295 career hitter just two years removed from a 29-home
run season, is primary a designated hitter but played 38 games at
first base last season in Kansas City.
He became a free agent when the Royals opted to pay his $1 million
buyout rather than a $12.5 million option for 2015. Butler was an
All-Star two seasons ago in 2012 with a .313 batting average, 29
homers and 107 RBIs
---The Boston Red Sox made a contract offer to free agent starting
pitcher Jon Lester earlier this week, according to ESPN.com.
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The source said he did not expect Lester to make a quick decision.
Terms of the offer were not disclosed. Lester met with the Chicago
Cubs on Tuesday and was scheduled to meet with the Atlanta Braves on
Thursday, according to ESPN. The Toronto Blue Jays and St. Louis
Cardinals have shown interest in the three-time All-Star. The New
York Yankees also could be in the picture for the left-hander's
Lester went 16-11 with a 2.46 ERA with 220 strikeouts last season
for Boston and Oakland. In eight MLB seasons, he has compiled a
116-67 record with a 3.58 ERA with 1,457 strikeouts.
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