New York Yankees: Getting Giancarlo Stanton Is Crazy Yet Wonderful
Giancarlo Stanton is headed to the New York Yankees. This is the type of sports transaction that forces you to suspend all logic and common sense. The kind of blockbuster that makes your eyebrows climb to the top of your forehead and your jaw drop a couple inches.
Could this be true? Is this actually happening?? Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees?!?!
The Yankees already have a right fielder in Aaron Judge, who only hit 52 home runs, knocked in 114 RBI, and finished second in the American League MVP race. They are on the verge of adding another one in Stanton, who hit 59 home runs and 123 RBI and finished first in the National League MVP race.
This would be considered an utterly crazy and totally excessive move. Yet, it doesn’t solve any of the team’s pitching problems. Furthermore, I find myself, as well as many others, constantly refreshing the screen to find out if the ink has dried yet on the deal.
Joel Sherman of the New York Post, tweeted early this morning that a deal with the Marlins was “virtually done.” Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports tweeted out the same. The Yankees are reported to be only giving up second baseman Starlin Castro and second-tier prospects. This would mean the Yankees would not only be getting a superstar in his prime but would be stealing him, too.
There will be loads of questions for everyone to ask. The Yankees already have a decent right fielder in Judge. He also happens to be a popular homegrown player coming off the finest rookie season for a power hitter in franchise history. The team could shuffle Stanton between right field and the DH. They could also find ways to rotate him and Judge with other outfielders Aaron Hicks, Brett Gardner and Jacoby Ellsbury. That would be quite a lot of shuffling for new manager Aaron Boone, who hasn’t filled out a lineup card in his life.
Stanton also comes with $295 million and 10 years left on the biggest contract in professional sports history. The Yankees are committed to getting under the $197-million luxury-tax threshold this season, which means the Marlins either have to eat some of that salary or GM Brian Cashman is going to need to do some creative accounting.
And, above all this, the Yankees still need starting pitching.
There are a million questions about this, and that’s part of what makes it so wonderful. The details and reasoning for the deal don’t make a lot of sense, but in the end, the Yankees will make it work and figure everything else out later.
Stanton is just one month past his 28th birthday and already has 267 home runs in his career. A lineup with Judge batting second, Stanton batting third and catcher Gary Sanchez (33 homers in 2017) batting fourth almost feels like having a Home Run Derby every game. The Yankees led the majors with 241 homers last season. Could they possible top that? With Stanton added to that lineup, the all-time record by the 1997 Seattle Mariners (264 homers) would be in serious jeopardy.
That, of course, depends on Judge continuing to develop as a complete player at the plate. It is possible, maybe even likely, that his production will take a step back. The same is true for Stanton; Only five players have hit more home runs in a season than he did in 2017. Three of them, Barry Bonds, Mark McGwire and Sammy Sosa, are tainted by steroid allegations. The other two are Roger Maris and Babe Ruth.
Again, there are so many ifs and buts here, and who knows if the deal will get across the finish line. Adding Stanton to the New York Yankees lineup is completely crazy on so many levels. Yet, that’s what makes it wonderful.