Shortly after Shohei Ohtani shocked the baseball world and chose to sign with the Angels, the Yankees made a blockbuster trade of their own. The 2017 National League Most Valuable Player will now be wearing pinstripes in 2018.
Giancarlo Stanton has been dealt to the New York Yankees, who will be taking over $273 million of the $295 million left on Stanton’s gargantuan contract. The Marlins will receive the Yankees’ #9 prospect Jose Guzman as prospect Jose Devers. Second baseman Starlin Castro is also in the mix and is likely to be the only current Yankee departing in the trade.
The 28-year-old NL MVP hit a slash line of .281/.376/.631 with an MLB leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI, not to mention his 1.007 OPS. Stanton played for the mediocre Miami Marlins in 2017, and after barely edging out Joey Votto in the MVP race, New Yankees’ owner Derek Jeter was trying to find a way to get rid of Stanton, cut payroll, and begin an inevitable rebuild.
Stanton will now join arguably the most talented lineup in baseball with a perfect mix of veterans such as Brett Gardner, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Didi Gregorius, as well as young talent such as Gary Sanchez, Clint Frazier, and of course the 2017 AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge.
That is right, Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez are going to be teaming up to create one of the most powerful triple threats in MLB history. In 2017, these three players combined hit 144 home runs. To put that into perspective, Sanchez, Stanton, and Judge hit more home runs in 2017 than the entire San Francisco Giants ball club combined (128).
There have been 3 instances in the Live Ball Era in which the previous year’s HR champs teamed up, and Stanton and Judge will now be the 4th. There is also just 10 hitters in the Major Leagues with a 25% HR/FB ratio, and the Yankees, with the acquisition of Stanton as well as already having Judge and Sanchez, have three of those 10. No DIVISION in baseball has more than 2.
On top of that, there have only been 4 pairs of teammates to have combined for more than 100 home runs in a single season in Major League Baseball history. If Stanton and Judge repeat their 2017 numbers in 2018, they will become the 5th.
- CF Brett Gardner
- LF Aaron Judge
- RF Giancarlo Stanton
- C Gary Sanchez
- 1B Greg Bird
- SS Didi Gregorius
- DH Aaron Hicks
- 3B Chase Headley
- 2B Ronald Torreyes (or someone else)
The Yankees are officially back to their normal spend big to win big ways and in 2018, they will again be one of the most hateable teams in the bigs. The Yankees will be the team that everyone (besides Yankees fans) love to hate and will not be nearly as likable as they were in 2017 with all of their homegrown talents. The Yankees odds to win the 2018 World Series jumped from 8-1 to 6-1 and if they can acquire a star second baseman, this team is set.
The Bombers hit an MLB leading 241 home runs in 2017 without Stanton, and the Yankees will go into 2018 easily being the most powerful home run hitting team in the Major Leagues. The Yankees have clearly moved on from getting dissed by Shohei Ohtani and are looking towards the future, and with all their young stars and veteran players, along with Stanton, the Yankees are going to be better then they were in 2017 with their 1927-like murderer’s row in 2018.
The Yankees will be expecting a big year in 2018 and with a new manager in Aaron Boone, expectations will be very high for the team that was not supposed to be in contention for a Wild Card spot in2017. It is World Series or bust for the Yankees, and get used to it baseball fans because things are not going to change anytime soon.
Although this move makes a ton of sense for the Yankees, there is still one person that is a bit confused regarding the deal…