It took more than a month but the stove is finally on fire. The past week was rife with rumors about where Japanese sensation Shohei Ohtani would sign and whether or not NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton would be traded. On Friday, Ohtani signed with the Los Angeles Angels. Less than 24 hours later Stanton was traded to the New York Yankees.
Earlier in the week the Yankees weren’t even in the conversation of obtaining Giancarlo. The San Francisco Giants and the St. Louis Cardinals were the teams making the most noise. Both teams made offers and the Miami Marlins agreed to the Giants offer, but Stanton used his non-trade clause to block the deal. The next day, with next to no notice, the Yankees were in talks with Miami and a short while later a deal was agreed to. Starlin Castro, minor leaguers Jorge Guzman, and Jose Devers are going to Miami. The Yankees will be paying $265 million of the $295 million contract, provided that Stanton does not opt out after 2020. This trade is going to cause waves throughout the league.
This is only the beginning for the Marlins. The new ownership is making it extremely apparent that they have no intention in competing next year. They are also being very open about shedding money. Before trading Giancarlo, they shipped off Dee Gordon to the Seattle Mariners for a small return. Miami will probably try to move their remaining outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, two very good young, and cheap, outfielders. If the Marlins continue to make trades with the aim to solely shed money, it is going to be a long time before Miami becomes competitive again.
For New York
The Yankees came within one win of making the World Series last year. Their biggest loss on the offensive side of things is Todd Frazier, so they aren’t losing much. They have the AL rookie of the year and Major League home run leader in Aaron Judge. They’ve now added the NL MVP and the NL home run leader. The Yankees lineup hasn’t just gone from very good to great, it’s gone from scary to a living nightmare for pitchers. This team has probably become an ALCS favorite, maybe even a World Series favorite.
Giancarlo is going to stir up a lot of home run frenzy since he has now moved to the AL East where the stadiums are generally smaller than those of the NL East. Additionally, Stanton has moved from the colossal Marlins Park to the homer friendly Yankee Stadium. There has been some discussion about whether or not Stanton will be hitting more home runs. First off, He’ll have a much better offense surrounding him. A quick look at Stanton’s batted balls over the last few years show that Yankee Stadium adds a few homers to his tally.
Finally this move is going to affect the New York Yankees financially. New York is not hampered by any means but a contract this big is going to have an impact. For the last couple years it’s been assumed that the Yankees were going to spend big in 2018. Now the Yankees are still going to spend but it’s not going to be as big as once thought. Bryce Harper likely won’t be a Yankee now that the outfield is full in New York. That will likely put New York’s sights squarely on pitching and Manny Machado.
This trade is going to be felt in both leagues. The Yankees are now an even bigger World Series threat and could be considered the AL East favorite. The Marlins are a more effective tanking team making the NL East an even bigger easier division to win that it was last season. The trade will likely make free agent JD Martinez a more coveted option by the teams formerly trying for Stanton. Keep your eye on the MLB Armchair twitter account as the Winter Meetings have just started. There is plenty more trades and signings to come.