A trade for Giancarlo Stanton seems imminent for the Yankees after word broke late on Friday that the team was making an aggressive push for the National League MVP. Joel Sherman reports that the deal is “virtually done” at almost 4 in the morning on the east coast.
The Marlins are expected to take on Starlin Castro, as well as a couple of “good, not top prospects,” according to Sherman. That package is likely to offset the salary the Yankees would be trying to unload onto Miami in the form of Castro.
Castro heading to Miami would open up second base for Gleyber Torres, who is expected to compete for a starting job in spring training. Adding Stanton to the Yankees already potent lineup would strike fear in the hearts of many opposing pitchers. There’s really nothing to not like about this reported deal.
Rumors circulated overnight that Brian Cashman had gotten involved in trade talks for Stanton before the slugger turned down a trade to the Giants, reportedly because he found out the Yankees could be in play. That is a tremendous swoop in by Cashman for one of the game’s best players, if it all indeed works out.
Either way, it looks like this thing is nearing the finish line. Christmas is coming early, Yankees fans.