Biggest deal in baseball history: Giancarlo Stanton close to 13-year, $325 million contract with Marlins

Last night it was believed to be 10 years and $300 million. This morning it was said to be 12 years and $320 million. And now both Ken Rosenthal of and Jon Heyman of CBSSports.comreport that Giancarlo Stanton and the Marlins are close to signing a 13-year, $325 million contract.

Stanton’s new deal would break the previous record for the largest contract in MLB history, which isMiguel Cabrera and the Tigers at $292 million for 10 years.

Stanton still has two seasons of team control remaining via arbitration, so assuming this 13-year contract covers those two seasons and 11 seasons of free agency he’d be locked up through age 37 in 2027.

Stanton, who turned 25 years old earlier this month, finished runner-up in the NL MVP voting after hitting .288 with 37 homers and a .950 OPS in 142 games for the Marlins this season. He’s a career .271 hitter with a .903 OPS in 634 games, but the Marlins failed to finish with a winning record in any of his first five seasons and have not made the playoffs since 2003.

Walter Camp Foundation recognizes Texas A&M QB Kyle Allen, Louisville’s Holliman

Texas A&M quarterback Kyle Allen had quite the performance against Auburn. Making his first career start for the Aggies, Allen helped lead Texas A&M to a big upset on the road against Auburn. His performance in upsetting the Tigers certainly opened some eyes about the future of Texas A&M’s offense and it gained some national respect from the Walter Camp Football Foundation. Allen was named this week’s Offensive Player of the Week by the Walter Camp Football Foundation on Sunday.

Allen passed for 277 yards and four touchdowns in the 41-38 victory against the Tigers. The performance ended up helping to restructure the entire College Football Playoff race, but for now Allen and the Aggies will just focus on finishing their season on a strong note. Texas A&M is out of the playoff and the SEC hunt, but building momentum for 2015 can begin now with Allen taking over the offense. As long as he avoids slipping up the way Kenny Hill did, Texas A&M could be gearing up for plenty of more offense in the next few years.

The Walter Camp Football Foundation also honored Louisville safetyGerod Holliman. Holliman intercepted three passes against Boston College Saturday. On top of that Holliman recorded foru tackels and broke up another pass as the Cardinals scored a 38-19 victory in ACC play to improve to 7-3 overall and 5-3 in ACC play. The win helps Louisville secure third place in the ACC Atlantic Division behind Florida State and Clemson, keeping the Cardinals ahead of Boston College in the standings, which could be important when it comes to bowl selection time.

Brandon Finnegan cheered at K-State vs. TCU game

Cool note here from Texas Christian University student Andrew Felts …


Finnegan pitched for TCU in the College World Series in June and then made seven appearances for the Royals this postseason. The 2014 first-round pick (17th overall) is the first player to appear in both the World Series and college equivalent. No. 6 TCU romped No. 9 Kansas State on Saturday by a score of 41-20.

Report: Cowboys still concerned about Dez Bryant’s off-field issues

Dez Bryant is one of the best wide receivers in football, yet his contract is set to expire in just a few short months. Many are wondering what the Dallas Cowboys are waiting for in terms of extending Bryant’s contract.

According to Ian Rapoport of NFL Network, the Cowboys still have concerns about Bryant’s off-field behavior.



Rapoport adds that the Cowboys’ best offer to Bryant has been 10 years and $114 million, with just $20 million guaranteed. Calvin Johnson signed a seven-year, $142 million extension with the Detroit Lions in 2012 that included $60 million guaranteed. Bryant is likely eyeing something closer to that number.

The Cowboys signed offensive tackle Tyron Smith to a lucrative extension over the summer, and Bryant was reportedly upset about it.

Bryant has had plenty of issues off the field since he came into the NFL, and we wrote about many of them here. He seemed to keep his nose clean last season and has done the same this year — at least as far as we know. That said, there has to be a reason the Cowboys are hesitant to commit top dollar to a top talent.

2014 Veterans Day Free Meals and Discounts

Updated: Nov. 7, 2014. Veterans Day is soon approaching and there are many restaurants and companies who want to thank our veterans by providing them with discounts or a free meal. To those companies offering veterans a free meal or discount, the military community gives a collective thanks!

Two notes before jumping in:

  • Proof of Military Service. Most companies require some form of military ID. These include: a Military ID Card (active/reserve/retired), Current Leave and Earnings Statement (LES), Drivers License with Veterans Designation, Photograph in uniform, be wearing uniform (if your service permits), Veterans Organization Card (e.g., American Legion and VFW),DD214, discharge paperwork, or other form of identification. Other restaurants and companies may go by the honor system.
  • Participation. Second, always call ahead to verify locations, times, and participation. Many of the listed companies are franchises and may have different policies. We will do our best to keep this page updated as we find new info.


Applebee’s – free meal, Nov. 11, 2014: Last year, Applebee’s served over one million free meals to military veterans and active servicemembers. Applebee’s is again offering a free meal to military veterans and active-duty service members on Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014. There will be 7 entrées to choose from, beverage and gratuity not included. Military ID or proof of service required. More.

BJs Restaurant and Brewery Veterans DayBJs Restaurant and Brewhouse, Nov. 11, 2014.Complimentary lunch entree, up to $9.95 value. Offer valid to all active duty military and veterans, with proof of service. Locations.

Bob Evans, Nov. 11, 2014. Free All you can eat hotcakes. For active duty military and veterans with ID or proof of service. Locations.

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TCU’s leading rusher out for pivotal Big 12 contest with Kansas State

TCU’s offense will be without one of its best weapons this weekend against Kansas State. Running back B.J. Catalon has been ruled outby head coach Gary Patterson for Saturday night’s game.

Catalon has not practiced this week, so his lack of availability for Saturday night comes as nothing more than a mild surprise. Reports noted an upper torso injury to the running back, which left him to be listed as questionable for this week. This season Catalon has rushed for a team-high 493 yards and he has added 14 receptions for 163 yards and a touchdown. As noted yesterday, Catalon has scored 10 of TCU’s 22 rushing touchdowns.

TCU and Kansas State are fighting for first place in the Big 12, as well as the opportunity to keep College Football Playoff dreams within reach. TCU losing Catalon is pretty significant, and it should put a little more pressure on quarterback Trevone Boykin to make some things happen against a Kansas State team that generally plays well on defense. Without Catalon, TCU will likely split reps between Aaron Green(378 rushing yards, three touchdowns in 2014) and Trevorris Johnson (199 rushing yards, four touchdowns). Look for Kyle Hicks to get some playing time as well, and it should go without saying Boykin will be asked to carry the football as well. The quarterback is second on the team in rushing with 423 yards and four touchdowns.

Kansas State is the Big 12’s second-best defense against the run according to the numbers. Baylor is the only team better against the run strictly by the numbers, although the Wildcats have allowed just five rushing touchdowns all season to Baylor’s 10 allowed on the ground. Basically, TCU will have its work cut out for them to get much production out of the running game. Kansas State is also third in the Big 12 against the pass, just to cover that side of the conversation as well.

Fort Worth Cats Will No Longer Play at LaGrave Field

The Fort Worth Cats baseball team is looking for a new home because LaGrave Field is not available next season, the owner said.

Cats owner John Bryant said the developer who owns LaGrave Field notified the team the stadium is no longer available for rent. The stadium is located along the Trinity River north of downtown Fort Worth.

“He said he won’t renew the lease,” Bryant said.

Bryant said the team is looking for a new stadium in Fort Worth, but may have to move to another city in North Texas.

The Cats, which are not affiliated with Major League Baseball, originally started playing at LaGrave in the early 1900s;  LaGrave Field was rebuilt in 2001.