Well at least we don’t have to hear anymore about these Giancarlo Stanton trade rumours right? The Yankees and Marlins have agreed to a deal that will see Stanton go to New York, with Starlin Castro and prospects heading south to Miami. All that needs to happen now for this deal to be finalized is for the uber-spoiled Stanton to agree that he’s ok going to the Big Apple.
For New York, this is a huge boost to an already formidable offense that includes American League home run champion Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez. The Marlins on the other hand can now breath a little easier knowing they’ve been able to move a player with a contract far too rich for their blood.
A few weeks back when the Stanton rumour mill was in full gear and some media sources discussed the possibility of him actually coming to Toronto, I wrote a piece on how he and that silly contract of his would never be a fit for the Blue Jays (Link). It takes a team with extremely deep pockets (far deeper than either Miami or Toronto) to take on a contract such as Stanton’s, which makes him a perfect match for the Yankees. With 11-years and $295 million remaining on his contract, Stanton certainly comes with his fair share of risk though. One thing the Yankees have proved in recent years is that even when they were bogged down with a slew of overpaid veterans well past their prime, they still managed to initiate a rebuild in far less time than anyone could have predicted.
Having only played 150 or more games in two of his eight seasons in the big leagues, Stanton’s biggest hurdle when it comes to living up to his sizeable contract will be whether he can remain healthy. Having just turned 28, even with his injury concerns, he should be on top of his game for sometime yet. I give him 5-years before he begins to seriously breakdown due to the toll such a big and powerful swing will have on his 6-6 frame. During these next five years however, the Yankee line-up (especially their 3-4-5 hitters) will be one of the most feared in all of baseball. With Stanton, Judge, and Sanchez, along with today’s juiced baseballs and the little league diamond that is new Yankee Stadium, god knows how many home runs these three players are capable of hitting.
Back when the Yankees had a line-up that included Derek Jeter, Alex Rodriguez, Robinson Cano, Mark Teixeira, Jorge Posada, Johnny Damon, and Hideki Matsui, you wondered how any pitcher could get through such a collection of hitters unscathed. Today’s Yankees don’t have quite the number of feared hitters they once had, but with Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez, it’s ridiculous to think how many home runs will be flying out of Yankee Stadium in the years to come.