The Yankees need pitching so a trade for Stanton is unlikely, at least this season
We know that the New York Yankees have hopes of making the Major League Baseball post season and they need some help getting there. Well according to Jon Heyman of FanRag, the Yankees are among at least four teams to speak to the Marlins about superstar outfielder Giancarlo Stanton.
Now, this is the time of year that rumors get started and this is likely just one of those cases. But, it is always fun to hear what might be going on, even if it never happens.
The Yankees are one of very few teams in baseball that could, should they wish to, take on the 13 years, $325 million contracts. OK, before Yankee fans start to salivate about seeing an outfield that features the two home run derby stars this year in Stanton and Aaron Judge, this trade would be very tough to pull off under the best of circumstances.
One reason that Stanton might not be shipped to New York or any other team is that the team is up for sale. Any potential buyer is likely to want to keep Stanton as the face of the franchise.
The Yankees are in the shopping mode for starting pitching and they know it will take some top prospects to land a quality starter.
We know that Sonny Gray, A’s, Gerrit Cole, Pirates; Justin Verlander, Tigers and Julio Teheran, Braves are all on the market for a price, likely to be steep because they are all under control, meaning the Yankees could have most of them for at least two years. So, the price may be going up as the July 31st trade deadline gets closer.
If the Yankees want a rental, i.e. someone who will be a free agent the cost maybe a bit more reasonable. That group is led by a couple of Rangers, Yu Darvish, and Andrew Cashner, Jaime Garcia, Braves; Marco Estrada, Blue Jays; Jeremy Hellickson, Phillies, Chris Tillman, Orioles, Lance Lynn, Cardinals, Trevor Cahill, Padres, along with Derek Holland, of the White Sox. Any of those aforementioned pitchers would be an upgrade for New York.
So, for now, it is pitching not the Stanton bat that the Yankees need to land before the end of the month.
The Red Sox could be kicking the tires on the Orioles Superstar Manny Machado. Baltimore is not openly shopping him but with a huge hole in the O’s farm system, if Boston were to offer a huge haul, you never know.
Baltimore is unlikely to be able to keep Machado, who becomes a free agent after the 2018 season. It has long been rumored that he is a target of the rival Yankees, so stay tuned to see if there is a Beantown blockbuster.