Giancarlo Stanton is headed to the Yankees for Starlin Castro and prospects. The Yankees will absorb $265 million of his $295 million-dollar deal. The prospects were Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, cousin of Rafael Devers. The fact that Gleyber Torres was not included in the deal means that the Yankees have also replaced Castro with the top prospect in baseball. Stanton and Judge will most likely split Right Field and DH duties, while keeping Brett Gardner in left and Frazier/Hicks in Center Field. Ellsbury will have a small platoon role.
Everyone is going to treat this team like the Golden State Warriors are treated now. ESPN and MLB Network will probably talk about Judge, Stanton, and Sanchez hitting back-to-back-to-back every possible opportunity they can. For them this is a dream because they have been comparing these two freak of nature human beings together for years, even when Judge was in the minors. They are going to let the whole world know every time one of them hits a homer, which will be on a near daily basis. There will also be Gleyber Torres hype, which will be slightly overshadowed by this homerun watch. For Yankees fans, Christmas has come early, and for non-Red Sox or AL East fans, this team will be a blast to watch on national television, which they will be on quite frequently.
As a Red Sox fan this news is just about the worst thing that could happen. I wanted to go all out on how bad this is, but I don’t have to, because Barstool Stud Jared Carrabis already said it perfectly: “Meanwhile, after hitting the fewest homers in the American League this year, the Red Sox continue to stand idly by while the best offensive performer on the open market just went to their greatest threat in the American League East. And they just let it happen.” Based on what the Marlins took in return for Stanton, it does not make any sense why Dave Dombrowski didn’t have much interest in the NL MVP. It sounds like the Sox could have traded Jackie Bradley Jr., some lower level no-name prospects, eaten the contract, and acquired a man who hit 59 homeruns last season to balance out the lack of overall power in the lineup. For the Red Sox, this is inexcusable, there is no argument to counter letting the Yankees build the scariest lineup in baseball when we appeared to be the favorite to land the reigning MVP just weeks ago.
The Yankees now have a brutal lineup to face, and they have a top-tier bullpen, with quality starters in front of them. With that said, this team is not the Golden State Warriors as I previously noted. Judge was wildly inconsistent and could be in line for a sophomore year regression. As for Stanton, he is not as superhuman as most people assume. Over his eight-year career, he is a .268 hitter. He averages 84 RBI’s a season, which is impressive, but not exactly top of the league. How many homeruns did he average? 40? 50? Nope — 33, which in this day in age is no longer even elite. Granted the Yankees are allowed to use a stadium that most Little League World Series players could hit bombs out of, so expect him to get closer to 40 homers a year. The reason for his .268, 33 HR, 84 RBI average: he also averages 123 games a year. He is extremely injury prone and projects to miss ¼ of every season. There is no doubt that Giancarlo Stanton is an absolute stud, and the Yankees will lead the league in homeruns. The Yankees got a lot better today, that is a fact. However, this is not the time to give up hope. The Red Sox could still get J.D. Martinez, Eric Hosmer or both. If they were to get both, I’d say bring on the Bronx Bombers, because this title race is going to be a tight one.
Scott Neville – WTF Sports