The New York Yankees have pulled off one of the biggest trades in recent baseball history yesterday by acquiring slugger Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

Stanton, 28, finished 2017 as the National League MVP after leading the Majors in home runs (59), RBIs (132) and slugging percentage (. 631).

The deal is the largest by total dollar value in the history of team sports.

Stanton signed a 13-year contract worth a total of NZ$470 million in 2016 - with 11 years and NZ$447 million left to be paid. The Marlins will actually pay the Yankees NZ$43m if he doesn't opt out of the remainder of his contract in 2020.


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By comparison, the deal which brought footballer Neymar to Paris Saint-Germain from Barcelona in August was worth NZ$390 million over five years.

Stanton's pay over the next 11 years:
Per year:

Per game

Per hour

Per minute

Per at-bat *

Per hit *

Per home run*

* based on career averages to date