Giancarlo Stanton is going to be a Yankee. Let those words sink in for a minute. The Yankees are going to have a roster that previously only felt possible on MLB The Show in 2018, and there are going to be a lot of home runs.
The Marlins are taking on $30 million of Stanton’s contract, as well as Starlin Castro’s from the Yankees. New York is sending prospects Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers to Miami. The Yankees got Guzman in the Brian McCann trade with Houston. He’s ranked as the team’s ninth-best prospect by MLB Pipeline.
Having a guy who can consistently top 100 mph is always nice, but he was far enough away that Brian Cashman could feel okay about parting with him for the immense talent that is Giancarlo Stanton. The reigning NL MVP is a proven commodity that will give the team an immediate offensive boost in a lineup that was already full of fire power.
With their savings, the Yankees can still get under the luxury tax threshold this season. That has been their goal all along, and the fact that they were able to add Stanton and still accomplish that is amazing. Brian Cashman deserves every award ever.
People will tell you not to feel great about this trade because of the way the Marlins handled it. While it’s without question that the Yankees couldn’t have gotten an MVP-caliber player for an okay veteran second baseman and two lower level prospects if Miami wasn’t looking to dump salary ASAP, you can’t fault the Yankees’ hustle for jumping on the opportunity. They made their team much better today.
The trade should be official tomorrow or Monday, pending a physical, but this is the deal. We’re at the finish line. It’s happening.
Now, how many days until spring training?