Five Reasons Giancarlo Stanton's Huge Deal Will Save Baseball in Miami

The Miami Marlins and their deep pockets are the story of the sports world this week, just as we all predicted.

On Monday, the Marlins formally announced they'd given All-Star slugger Giancarlo Stanton a 13-year, $325 million deal. It's the single most lucrative deal ever given to an an American pro athlete. This is a really real thing the Miami Marlins are doing, so literally nothing in life should ever surprise you again.

It's a great day for baseball in Miami, which has never had the strongest local support. In fact, the mega-deal may have just saved the sport in South Florida.

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Ryan Yousefi is a freelance writer for Miami New Times, a lover of sports, and an expert consumer of craft beer and pho. Hanley Ramirez once stole a baseball from him and to this day still owes him $10.