The Yankees reportedly have a deal in place to acquire Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins, but before it becomes official, the 2017 NL MVP has to approve the trade. In the meantime, we also have to figure out who exactly the Yankees are going to be trading in the deal.
We already know that Starlin Castro is all but certain to be included. The Yankees likely wanted to offload some of their money back in order to make more room in the team’s payroll. While it would have been nice to dump Jacoby Ellsbury, it was something that didn’t make much sense for the Marlins. Castro works better for both parties with only $22 million still owed to him over the next two years.
Seemingly confirming his inclusion in the potential deal is the fact that Castro was supposed to make a public signing appearance today on behalf of Steiner Sports, but that has been cancelled. It would have been awkward otherwise. This doesn’t mean it’s a done deal but things are far enough along that everyone thought it was best to wait.
Starlin Castro’s public signing appearance at @SteinerStoreNY today has been postponed.— Steiner Sports (@steinersports) December 9, 2017
Ticket holders with questions may call (516) 739-0580 or visit the store. @DidiG18’s appearance is on as-scheduled, from 12-2pm.
We know lesser prospects are going to be included in the deal, but so far no names have been shared. According to a report from Brendan Kuty, the Marlins are looking at players who are young and may not be among the team’s best prospects. A scout told him that they would be "younger Class A prospects, not the top tier. It won't be names that are highly recognizable,” so who could these players possibly be?
If we stick to Class A, the easy names to bring up are Estavan Florial, Dillon Tate, Jorge Guzman, and Albert Abreu. Given Florial’s status as the team’s no. 3 prospect, though, it feels like he might be safe. There is also former second rounder Nick Solak, outfielder Isiah Gilliam, shortstop Wilkerman Garcia, and third baseman Dermis Garcia. The Yankees only just protected right-hander Jonathan Loaisiga from the Rule 5 Draft, but given the fact that he’s 23 and still in A-ball, he shouldn’t be a tough loss.
Even if bigger names were involved in this deal, it’s a trade you make every time in order to get one of the best players in the game. Hopefully we should be hearing official news relatively soon.
The minor leaguers #Marlins are getting are Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, who is Rafael Devers' cousin.— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 9, 2017
The Yankees are sending Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers to the Marlins. Guzman was one of the pitchers who came over in the Brian McCann trade with the Astros. He is noted for being able to reach 100 mph with his fastball. Devers is an 18-year-old shortstop the organization signed last year.