A week ago, heck a few days ago many thought Giancarlo Stanton was going to be traded to the San Francisco Giants or the St Louis Cardinals. On Friday that all changed when Stanton would not waive his no trade clause to go to either team. Even with both teams having deals agreed upon with the Marlins, he would not budge. Once the Marlins were backed into the corner, and yes they put baby in a corner, they became desperate and had to try and reach a deal with one of four teams Stanton was good with. Stanton was willing to waive his no trade clause for the Los Angeles Dodgers (which we all knew), the Houston Astros, the Chicago Cubs and the New York Yankees. The Yankees saw the bright clearance sign shining from Miami and swooped in to grab the mighty Stanton. Apparently the teams had already been talking for the past few days.
The agreed upon deal is the Marlins sending Giancarlo Stanton and $30MM to the Yankees for veteran Starlin Castro and 2 prospects, RHP Jorge Guzman and SS Jose Devers. The $30MM sent to the Yankees only goes if Stanton doesn’t opt out of his contract after the 2020 season. Pretty wild that the 2017 NL MVP was traded for Starlin Castro and 2 lower level prospects (with upside). At first glance, the Marlins were fleeced, but like all trades time will tell.
Stanton is coming off his MVP season where he hit .281 and led the MLB in homers with 59 and RBIs with 132. We had always hoped we would get a full season of Giancarlo and we finally did, he didn’t disappoint. Stanton will be joining the runner up in the 2017 AL MVP race and the reigning 2017 AL ROY, Aaron Judge in the middle of the Yankees lineup. We all know what Judge did last season, leading the AL in homers with 52. Many compared Judge to Stanton be it the physique or the insane way they hit the baseball. We know the distance they hit the ball and the exit velocity they have, but let this one sink in; since 2015 there have been 32 batted balls that were recorded at 118+ MPH…..22 of them are from Stanton and Judge. Everyone is focused on Stanton and Judge, but lets not forget the other young stud on the Yankees, Gary Sanchez. Last season Sanchez hit 33 homers of his own, while the 3 combined for 144 homers last season which were 16 more than the entire San Francisco Giants team.
Yankees Stadium may be one of the best landing spots for a slugger like Stanton. The ball can fly out to left and little pop ups may leave in right due to the short porch. In all honesty, Yellowstone probably couldn’t hold Stanton in, but you know what we are saying. The stat gurus around are saying the move in home ballparks (Miami was one of the worst for hitters) will give Stanton a 20-25% home run boost. The early projections from Baseball Reference on what Stanton’s 2017 season would of been like if Yankee Stadium was his home park was a .292 AVG with 62 homers and 143 RBIs.
The one thing this more than likely does is put a stop to the Bryce Harper to the Yankees after 2018 talk. Harper and Manny Machado were 2 of the bigger names in an insane 2018 free agent class. Both were expected to sign deals for more than $400MM and now the Yankees won’t have to spend that money and in theory just picked up the 2017 NL MVP for much, much cheaper.
The Yankees are a logical landing spot for Stanton. He has been stuck on a bad Marlins team for so long, so he wanted to play for a winner. The Yankees were literally 1 win away from the World Series in 2017 (losing ALCS Game 7) and too many (including myself) they were ahead of schedule last year and should only be better. New Manager Aaron Boone has to be salivating that he is walking into one of the best lineups in baseball. On paper the look is Brett Gardner/Aaron Hicks/Aaron Judge/Giancarlo Stanton/Gary Sanchez/Greg Bird/Gleyber Torres/Didi Gregorius/Chase Headley. The only thing they need to do now is find a starting pitcher to replace CC Sabathia and the Yankees should be good to go in 2018 as the Evil Empire and one of the better GMs in baseball, Brian Cashman are back.