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Notes: Giancarlo Stanton closing in on record $325 million deal




Giancarlo Stanton is close to signing the richest contract in the history of professional sports.

According to a report by CBSsports.com, the Miami Marlins have offered Stanton a 13-year, $325 million contract, and the sides were close to agreeing on the terms, but no deal had been finalized as of Friday night. The report also stated that Stanton’s deal would include an opt-out clause, as well as a no-trade provision.

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Stanton, 25, finished second in National League MVP voting this season after hitting a league-leading 37 home runs and driving in 105 runs in 145 games.

The right fielder’s season was cut short Sept. 11, when he was hit in the face by a pitch. He’s expected to be fine for spring training.

Burnett’s a Pirate

A.J. Burnett is back with the Pirates, agreeing to an $8.5 million, one-year contract — $4.25 million less than the player option he turned down with Philadelphia. The 37-year-old righthander went 26-21 with a 3.41 ERA for Pittsburgh in 2012-13. Last year with the Phillies, he had a 4.59 ERA and major league-leading 18 losses in 34 starts . . . The Tigers finalized a $68 million, four-year deal to keep AL MVP runner-up Victor Martinez in Detroit. The switch-hitting DH had perhaps his best season in 2014 at age 35, hitting .335 with 32 home runs and 103 RBIs and helping Detroit to its fourth straight AL Central title . . . The Rays traded righthander Jeremy Hellickson (1-5, 4.52 ERA in 2014) to the Diamondbacks for a pair of prospects.

GM Daniels extended

Jon Daniels was the youngest general manager ever in the major leagues when the Rangers put him in that position nine years ago. By signing a three-year extension Friday, the 37-year-old Daniels is signed with Texas through the 2018 season. Thad Levine, the assistant GM under Daniels all nine years, also got a three-year extension. ‘‘This is still very much a dream job,” said Daniels, whose injury-plagued team lost an AL-worst 95 games in 2014 . . . The Tigers re-signed former Red Sox reliever Joel Hanrahan to a minor league deal with a big league camp invite. Hanrahan, 33, had Tommy John surgery in May 2013 and hasn’t pitched in the majors since . . . Utility player Kevin Frandsen and the Nationals agreed to a $1 million, one-year contract, avoiding arbitration with a deal that raises his base salary by $100,000.

Japan wins again

Japan has a 2-0 lead in the five-game series against Major League Baseball All-Stars after taking an 8-4 victory in Tokyo. Yuki Yanagita drove in four runs from the leadoff spot, and Japan hit the Mariners’ Hisashi Iwakuma
hard over four innings. Justin Morneau hit a two-run homer for MLB. Royals righthander Jeremy Guthrie will start Game 3 for MLB on Saturday . . . The Braves traded minor league outfielder Kyle Wren, the son of former Atlanta general manager Frank Wren, to the Brewers for minor league righthander Zach Quintana. Frank Wren was fired following the 2014 season . . . The Cubs will host the Cardinals in the Sunday night MLB opener on April 5. It will be televised on ESPN.

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