HOLY SHIT! The Yankees just landed the freshly named 2017 National League MVP for next to nothing?! Pinch me, I must be dreaming.
I said this offseason would be interesting, I definitely didn’t expect them to go after Stanton. But once a player like him waives his no trade clause and says he’d be interested in playing for the Yankees, you have no choice but to sign him, right?
I’m excited for this trade for a few reasons. The first is that the Yankees got him without trading away all of their top prospects and a few current players. Yeah losing Starlin Castro sucks, but that pain will quickly go away if Gleyber Torres steps it up at second base.
The second reason is, and this is a good problem to have, is figuring out who will start in right field. Will it be Aaron Judge or Stanton? Both are phenomenal defensive players with very similar numbers. I would imagine one is going to start while the other will DH considering they are two powerful hitters.
Stanton is the first player traded during the same offseason in which he won the MVP since Alex Rodriguez back in 2004 who also went to the Yankees. This trade is oddly similar to A-Rod’s because the Rangers at the time wanted to dump his contract, Marlins are now doing the same exact thing. Stanton is due to receive $26 million from his 13 year $325 million dollar contract this year. I hope the Yankees learned their lesson when it comes to contracts this big like they did handling A-Rod’s. Stanton can opt out in 3 years if he chooses.
The offensive numbers this team can produce is already making me get super hyped for next season. In 2018, Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge will join Roger Maris and Mickey Mantle (1962 Yankees) as the only teammates in MLB history who each hit 50 HR in the previous season.
Between Judge and Stanton, here are their combined 2017 numbers:
112 home runs
The strikeouts suck, and of course you only hope they can become more disciplined at the plate. But with the news of this trade, I cannot wait for April to be here. If the Yankees can stay healthy, acquire another starting pitcher who knows how good this team could be, certainly on paper now they could be the World Series favorites.
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