NYY News | Bryan Hoch: It happened. The press conference took place. Questions were asked. A pinstripe uniform was handed out. I’m going to type these words and it’s going to feel incredible to do so. Giancarlo Stanton is a New York Yankee. GIANCARLO STANTON IS A NEW YORK YANKEE!!! For Starlin Castro, Jorge Guzman, Joel Devers, and signed glossy photo of Brian Cashman, Brian Cashman acquire the NL leader in home runs. Stanton was tired of going through rebuilding years and was ready to start a new chapter in his life. He wants to help make the Yankees better and be best friends with Aaron Judge. Okay, he didn’t say those exact words about being BFFs with Judge. It’s gonna happen though. Case closed.
Newsday | David Lennon: Perhaps I undersold the whole “Stanton was tired of going through rebuilding years” part of the above paragraph. Judging by his answers during the press conference, Stanton was tired of the Marlins organization in general.
The backstory of the Giancarlo Stanton trade is bonkers. Miami threatened that if he didn’t accept a trade to St. Louis or San Francisco, he would be a Marlin for life. He called their bluff. And because of it, he’s a New York Yankee.— Jeff Passan (@JeffPassan) December 11, 2017
I can’t quite place my finger on why though. Seriously, going from Jeffrey Loria to the current clusterjeets does not look fun. Giancarlo saw a team just a few players away from making a run and the current ownership saw yet another fire sale and rebuild. Thus, here we are. Stanton’s honesty played well with the media, who think he’ll be a great fit in the NY market. The dingers will probably help as well.
New York Post | Joel Sherman: It’s safe to say that there’s a stark difference between how the Yankees are run and how the Marlins are run. As mentioned previously, that distinction is why Stanton wanted out. The Yankees are “young and they’re in a good position to win for a long time” according to Giancarlo. Even with all of that, the Yankees could have still walked away from this opportunity due to the money involved. Hal Steinbrenner has made his desire to get under $197 million dollar luxury-tax threshold well known. He also makes the Yankees desire to win well known. That’s what Stanton wanted to be apart of and now he is.
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: Brian Cashman has been the Yankees’ GM for almost two decades. Thanks to his new 5-year, $25 million extension, Cashman will remain with the organization going forward. There’s not much to say on the matter except that Cashman is currently the longest tenured GM in baseball and that this extension seems like he’s being underpaid. Okay, it doesn’t. Look I’m still high off of him trading for Giancarlo Stanton.
New York Daily News | Mike Mazzeo: Brian Cashman says he’s not done and that he won’t be done until all other GMs tremble before his might. The Yankees still need a bit of help in the starting pitching department. CC Sabathia is still available, despite rumors that he’s been talking with the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim on the Planet Earth in the known universe. Cashman could also try to work a trade for Gerrit Cole or Chris Archer. There’s also talk of him trying to rid himself of Jacoby Ellsbury’s contract, but word on the street is that Ellsbury will not waive his NTC. He wants to try and win back his starting CF job. Well, we all want things.
MLB.com | Bryan Hoch: The Yankees bench is coming together. Aaron Boone will be joined by his former teammate Josh Bard, which means I’ll get to quote The Bard’s Song by Blind Guardian. Phil Nevin will be his new third base coach and Reggie Willits will take over as the first base coach. The Yankees have also hired Carlos Mendoza as their new infield coach. Larry Rothschild is returning as the pitching coach, Mike Harkey will return as the bullpen coach, and Marcus Thames will be back as the hitting coach, sans Alan Cockrell.