MLB notebook: Stanton’s deal with Marlins heavily backloaded
• Giancarlo Stanton will make just $6.5 million in the first year of his record $325 million, 13-year contract with the Marlins. The agreement includes a $25 million club option for 2028 with a $10 million buyout. Stanton will earn $107 million over the first six seasons of the deal, according to contract information obtained by the Associated Press. He then can opt out within four days of the end of the 2020 World Series, just around the time of his 31st birthday, and become a free agent. After his initial salary, Stanton’s pay rises to $9 million in 2016, $14.5 million in 2017 and $25 million in 2018. He gets $26 million in each of the next two seasons, then can decide whether to cut the deal short and go back on the market.
• The Braves will meet Thursday with free agent pitcher Jon Lester in Atlanta, which is only about 30 minutes from the ace left-hander’s offseason home.
• The Sox boosted their bullpen, reaching agreement with former Pirates left-hander Zach Duke on a $15 million, three-year contract. Duke flourished in his lone season with Milwaukee, going 5-1 with a 2.45 ERA in a career-high 74 appearances.
• Mired in a streak of six straight losing seasons and hoping to boost offense, the Mets are moving in their fences at Citi Field for the second time. The new dimensions bring in the fences 3 to 11 feet in front of the bullpens in right field. Right-center field will be 380 feet, down from 390 the past three years and 415 in the ballpark’s first three seasons.
• The Astros reached agreement with Alex Presley on a $1 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with the outfielder.
• The Rangers hired Tony Beasley as their third base coach to complete the staff for new manager Jeff Banister.