He will be paid $6.5 million in 2015, $9 million in 2016, and $14.5 million in 2017. He would earn $70 million deal over the next 3 seasons, and opt out of the contract after 2020, following his age 30 season. If he stays with Miami, he will earn $31.14 million a year over the final 7 seasons. He will also have a complete no-trade clause throughout the deal.
The finalization of this deal was just one of a few big moves around Major League Baseball. 2 other deals have been agreed upon the past 2 days, both in the American League. Catcher Russell Martin agreed to a 5-year, $82 million deal with the Toronto Blue Jays. Martin has hit .259 with 119 home runs and 540 RBI over 9 years with the Dodgers, Yankees, and Pirates. He had a career-best on-base percentage of .402 this past season, and caught 37 of 59 baserunners attempting to steal.
The A's also agreed to a big deal with DH Billy Butler on a 3-year contract. The 28 year-old his .271 with 9 home runs and 6 RBI this past season, following a slow start to the year. He is entering his 8th season in the league, the first 7 with the Royals. Butler has made one All-Star appearance in 2012.
The other big move was a trade in the National League between the Atlanta Braves and St. Louis Cardinals. The Braves sent OF Jason Heyward and P Jordan Walden to the Cardinals for P Shelby Miller and a minor league pitcher. The Cardinals hope to sign Heyward to a long-term deal, after feeling compelled to pursue the OF after the tragic death of OF Oscar Tavares. The 25 year-old Heyward said of the trade "This is business."
The big deals may not be done just yet this week, with free agent pitcher Jon Lester set to meet with the Braves on Wednesday. The Braves bolstered their rotation by acquiring Miller from St. Louis. Lester is one of the top pitchers on the market, along with former Cy Young winner Max Scherzer. Lester spent last season with the Boston Red Sox and Oakland A's.