WOOOOOOOOW. The team that was one game away from the World Series last season just acquired the reigning NL MVP, and the American League is in trouble. Giancarlo Stanton is a star, and adding him to a lineup already featuring the likes of Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius is going to be fun to watch.
When GM Brian Cashman broke the news to the media that the Yankees were eliminated from the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes, many counted the Yankees out of making a big move this offseason. However, the pieces quickly fell into place with Stanton’s no-trade clause dictating his destination. Deals to the San Fransisco Giants and St Louis Cardinals were both vetoed by Stanton, before the Yankees and four other teams were provided to Miami as his desired locations.
Cue the Yankees, who will take on the entire 295$ million owed to Stanton over the next decade, as well as sending two prospects and 2B Starlin Castro to Miami.
New skipper Aaron Boone has a plethora of talent to work with going into his first season as a big league manager, and having the horses he does carrying the middle of his lineup is going to be a big help. If the Yankees can get the pitching they got last season, this is as complete a team as any in baseball.
The situation was handled poorly by the Marlins, but their end goal of dumping the entirety of Stanton’s salary was achieved. At the end of the day, the Yankees gave up very little to get one of the best hitters in baseball. Had they received the list of teams Stanton would approve a trade to much earlier in the process, who’s to say the return wouldn’t have been better.
I’ll go out on a limb and say right now that if the core of the lineup (Stanton, Judge and Sanchez) stay healthy, the Yankees will lead the league in Home Runs with ease.
I’ve said it jokingly throughout the day, but Stanton breaking 70 HR’s is a very serious reality, and one we haven’t seen since Barry Bonds hit 73 ( The current record) in 2001. The Bronx Bombers are more than back, which only leaves one question; When does Boston sign Eric Hosmer????