It can out as a headline grabbing story on Friday and it sure stirred up the rumor mill.
The Miami Marlins have been trying diligently to work out a trade that would send slugger Giancarlo Stanton out of town.
Not only are the Marlins handcuffed by his massive contract, but Stanton is equipped with a no-trade clause, complicating the entire process.
The St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have expressed the most interest in Stanton, even going so far to lay the groundwork of a potential trade, but nothing has been done.
There is talk that Stanton will not waive his no trade to head to San Francisco or launch home runs for the Cardinals.
ESPN reports that the New York Yankees are among Stanton’s preferred destinations, and that he might be open to waiving his blanket no-trade clause to go to the Bronx Bombers.
But, reading between the line of a situation that Stanton completely controls, the conclusion can be drawn that the Yanks are Stanton’s number one choice.
The trade, could work, but it would take the moving of Yankees’ outfielder Jacoby Ellsbury, who has his own no trade clause, and his bloated contract to Miami. Chase Headley is another name to consider.
New York would hesitate to include any big name prospects, lessening the appeal for Miami.
But, again, Stanton dictates how things go. He has a list that includes the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, but it seems that Stanton may be the one pushing for a move to the Yankees.
The question is how interested are the Yankees? Close to 15 years ago the Yankees shockingly acquired then-Texas Rangers shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who came with his own massive contract.
New York has been intensely focused on their home-grown talent and have seen incredible success from doing so, but would they consider bucking that trend to do what the Yankees empire has done so often in years passed?
Additionally, while Stanton’s arrival would make the Yankees uber-scary, it also creates a logjam in an already crowded outfield, blocking the way for promising young players such as Clint Frazier, who seems to have All-Star potential.
It could put the Yanks in a precarious position in regards to veteran outfielder Brett Gardner, who ‘s name has been swirling in trade rumors for the past couple of years.
Gardner is a leader in the clubhouse and his play in the playoffs proved valuable.
Let’s not forget to mention their goal of flying under that luxury tax threshold.
“I’ve said many times, for a number of reasons, it’s important for us to get under the cap this year,” Hal Steinbrenner told reporters back in November. “It’s absolutely a goal of mine — to be under.
“You can have a World Championship-caliber team and not have a $200-plus million payroll, and I think we’re finally getting to a point where that’s coming true for us, because we’ve got a lot of good young players on our team.”
True, and the Yankees proved that they can believe in that mantra in 2017, but is passing up on a talent such as Stanton, best for business?
The Yankees have had their eye on a loaded free agent market in 2018, how does a trade for Stanton impact that? This is all worth considering.
Stanton to the Yankees may sound like the “same ole, same ole” to long-time baseball fans. The Yankee bankroll winning again.
But this time is different. This time it’s the premier slugger chasing the Yankees, using his influence and his contractual power to dictate a move to the Bronx, even going so far to initiate it himself.
Don’t side with my line of thinking? Then consider that every free agent offseason, in almost every sport, agents do their ‘agenty’ thing and feed stories to the press to generate buzz as a method to gain some sort of leverage on the market.
Why wouldn’t Stanton’s reps do the same?