Published: Thu, December 14, 2017
Sports | By Brett Lawson

New York Yankees acquire OF Giancarlo Stanton from Miami Marlins

New York Yankees acquire OF Giancarlo Stanton from Miami Marlins

The New York Yankees officially announced Monday they acquired Giancarlo Stanton in a trade, but the Miami Marlins apparently wanted their star player to go elsewhere.

Neither pitcher Jorge Guzman nor infielder Jose Devers was considered a top prospect. He said he told Stanton, "We can build with you or without you", and promised to present him with the best offers the Marlins had for him, even from teams he did not prefer. "They're for sure on the list of where I want to be". He said he wanted to move on.

"This team isn't on a three-year plan, " Stanton said.

In addition to the no-trade clause, Stanton also had the ability to opt out of his contract after the 2020 season.

"Contrary to popular belief, we were not stuck with this deal", Jeter said.

Then, things got even better. It was also the oft-injured Stanton's first season with more than 37 dingers.

During a half-hour conference call, Jeter tried to explain his thinking for trading Stanton, who controlled the process because he is owed $295 million over the next 10 years and could veto any trade. Miami and the Dodgers were said to have discussed Stanton ahead of the July 31 non-waiver trade deadline and remained in contact during the off-season. "We did all our homework on Stanton".

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are among the teams that have checked with the Marlins regarding the status of left fielder Marcell Ozuna, who is coming off of his second consecutive All-Star Game appearance.

Stanton is fresh off an NL MVP award, after hitting.

But Stanton and Judge give NY a one-two punch to rival Babe Ruth-Lou Gehrig or Mickey Mantle-Roger Maris, making for must-see batting practice. 281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs with the Marlins in 2017. Opposing pitchers can't pitch around Judge and put him on base with Stanton up next. It was a major weakness for the Yankees last season as the team's DHs combined for a.235 average, .327 on-base percentage and.429 slugging percentage.

As Brian Cashman twice referred to his Yankees as a "band of merry men", a smirk crept across the general manager's face.

He will pair with Yankees' OF Aaron Judge, who won the AL Rookie of the Year award after hitting 52 home runs, to create a formidable middle of the order. The Yankees made a 10-year, $265 million commitment to Stanton, whose departure Jeter engineered as Miami's chief executive.

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He said he stayed away because attending the winter meetings is the job of Michael Hill, the Marlins' president of baseball operations.

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