Yankees designated hitter/outfielder Giancarlo Stanton won’t opt out of his contract at the end of the season, Jon Heyman of MLB Network tweets. This is the only opt-out opportunity for Stanton, who still has another seven years and $215MM left on the 13-year, $325MM extension he signed with the Marlins before the 2015 season. Considering how much guaranteed money is left on Stanton’s pact, it’s hardly a surprise that he’ll stay put.
Even after signing his mega-deal, Stanton continued to star with the Marlins, as he won the NL MVP in 2017 with a 59-home run season. But the cost-cutting Marlins then moved on from Stanton, sending him and most of the money left on his contract to the Yankees in advance of the 2018 campaign.
Stanton wasn’t an MVP-caliber producer in his first season with the Yankees, but he still slashed .266/.343/.509 with 38 home runs in 705 plate appearances and 158 games. Since then, though, various injuries have slowed the 30-year-old Stanton, who missed 144 games in 2019 and has only appeared in 22 of the Yankees’ 58 contests this season. To his credit, Stanton has continued to pose a serious threat when healthy, as he has batted .273/.397/.508 with seven HRs in 157 trips to the plate since ’19, but the Yankees certainly didn’t expect him to miss so much time when they acquired him.