(Reuters) – Twice All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton has agreed to an eye-popping contract extension worth $325 million over 13 years with Major League Baseball’s Miami Marlins, the most lucrative deal in U.S. professional sport. “This is a landmark day,” Marlins owner Jeffrey Loria told MLB.com by phone on Monday. “I’m happy for the city. I’m happy for him. And I’m thrilled for baseball. “We have a player who is committed to us, and we’ve committed to him for the life of his career. …

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MIAMI (AP) — The Marlins persuaded Giancarlo Stanton to say yes. He couldn’t afford to say no.

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DETROIT (AP) — Alex Avila’s $5.4 million option for 2015 has been exercised by the Detroit Tigers.

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Nate Grimm discusses the hardware winners, Victor Martinez’ payday and some potential big contracts for outfielders in Friday’s Daily Dose.

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DETROIT (AP) — It’s not often a general manager has to defend bringing back the runner-up in the MVP race, but Detroit’s Dave Dombrowski faced an obvious question after signing Victor Martinez to another four-year deal.

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DETROIT (AP) — The Tigers have re-signed reliever Joel Hanrahan to a minor league deal with a big league invite.

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DETROIT (AP) — When Mike Ilitch was asked about the ramifications of another huge financial commitment by his Detroit Tigers, the octogenarian owner looked down for a couple seconds as if checking his wallet.

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In his first trade as Arizona Diamondbacks general manager, Dave Stewart not surprisingly targeted and landed a starting pitcher, acquiring right-hander Jeremy Hellickson from the Tampa Bay Rays in exchange for minor-league prospects  Justin Williams and Andrew Velazquez. Chris Cotillo of SB Nation and MLB Daily Dish reported talks were on-going on Friday evening . Within minutes, CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman confirmed the deal was done . Hellickson, 27, underwent elbow surgery on Jan. 30 that ended up keeping him out of Tampa Bay’s rotation until July. After his return, he was never able to get on track, going just 1-5 with a 4.52 ERA over 13 starts. Hellickson was previously named American League Rookie of the Year in 2011 after posting 13 wins and a 2.95 ERA in 189 innings. His sophomore season was just as good. In 31 starts, he was 10-11 with a 3.10 ERA, while winning a Gold Glove.  It’s with his first two seasons in mind that Hellickson was reportedly targeted by several teams. Many are forecasting a bounce back campaign in 2015, and Dave Stewart was at the top of that list.   #Dbacks RHP Hellickson will move into the No. 2 or No. 3 spot in the rotation, GM Dave Stewart said. Still interested in Billingsley — Jack Magruder (@JackMagruder) November 15, 2014 Good health would certainly help, but there might be another big area of concern with Hellickson moving to Arizona. Traditionally, he’s a fly ball pitcher — he allowed fly balls to 40.9 percent of the batters he faced last season — with high home run totals — 21, 24, and 25 allowed in his three full seasons. The move to hitter-friendly Chase Field — the second highest scoring ballpark in 2014 with he sixth most home runs — doesn’t seem to suit his strengths.  In his favor, of course, is that he’ll no longer have to contend with the American League East and those hitter-friendly ballparks either. Just don’t tell him about Coors Field until you have to, D-Backs.  As for the Rays, this is the second established starter they’ve traded over the last four months. David Price was shipped to the Detroit Tigers in a five-player deal that included the Seattle Mariners just ahead of the July 31 trade deadline. On the surface, these deals might signal that a real rebuild is taking place, especially after Joe Maddon left to manage the Chicago Cubs. But really, it’s just the Rays being the Rays. They’re always looking to deal depth to acquire younger, cheaper depth. With Chris Archer, Alex Cobb, Alex Colome, Jake Odorizzi and Drew Smyly all healthy and due back, not to mention Matt Moore expected back from Tommy John surgery early in the season, they can still field a competitive major league rotation even without Price and Hellickson. Here, they’ve landed 19-year-old outfielder Justin Williams, who was a second round pick in 2013. He  hit .351/.403/.467 with four home runs and 46 RBI  at Single-A South Bend  . Also coming over is 20-year-old shortstop Andrew  Velazquez. He hit .290/.367/.428 with nine home runs and 15 RBI at South Bend and was a  seventh round selection in 2012.  Both players were expected to land just inside the Diamondbacks top 10 prospects for 2015.  More MLB coverage from Yahoo Sports: – - – - – - – Mark Townsend is a writer for Big League Stew on Yahoo Sports. Have a tip? Email him at bigleaguestew@yahoo.com or follow him on Twitter! Follow @Townie813

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NEW YORK (AP) — For once, Clayton Kershaw was glad to see a long shutout streak end.

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DETROIT (AP) — Victor Martinez has agreed to a $68 million, four-year contract to stay with the Detroit Tigers, according to a person with knowledge of the deal.

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