Is the Miami Marlins trading Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees terrible for Major League Baseball moving forward?
The Yankees will reportedly absorb $265 million of the $285 million guaranteed money from this massive contract.
In return, the Marlins are set to receive All-Star Starlin Castro and two Minor League prospects. The deal is pending a physical from Giancarlo Stanton, which is just a formality.
What an incredible overall week for New York sports, ending it with a bang.
Having two MVP caliber players — Aaron Judge (52 HRs) and Giancarlo Stanton (59 HRs) in 2017 — in the heart of the Yankee lineup is flat out silly.
Is MLB better or worse for the Giancarlo Stanton mega-trade? Well, if you’re a New York Yankees fan, then it’s the best news since acquiring Babe Ruth from their hated rival, Boston Red Sox, in 1920.
Isn’t it kind of “fishy” — pun intended — that Derek Jeter sent the most coveted prize in the entire National League to his former team? That’s a different story for another day.
Now, for MLB as a whole, it’s a mixed bag, for sure. The New York Yankees will be fun to watch, and anytime they pop up on MLB’s Sunday Night Game of the Week, no doubt the world will tune in to watch a fantastic display of power within the Yankees’ lineup.
Could adding Bryce Harper to the be in the cards next season as well? I wouldn’t put it past the Yankees.
But, for the time being, the issue at hand is Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge.
From an excitement level, this is thrilling for America’s pastime, but, for balance as a whole, terrible. The Yankees already have 27 World Series titles (40 appearances), dominating MLB for decades.
Now, they are likely to add several more banners during the Judge-Stanton era. Winning is not the problem, it’s the “how” that is the issue.
The Yankees were more exciting without (the thought of) Stanton, being a young team who found their way back, doing so the “right way.” It seems the Yankees are now back to buying talent, taking the easier path to success.
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Buying a player of such caliber is an easy way out, just ask the Golden State Warriors.
But, blaming Giancarlo Stanton is not fair, who was presented with this once in a lifetime opportunity.
Having a golden ticket and all of the power over the Miami Marlins, Stanton was able to put himself in the best position to succeed.
Both statistically, historically, and now he’s in excellent shape to win that coveted World Series ring. Possibly more hardware than NBA legend Bill Russell.
However, this does open things up for the underdog to take the giant Yankees down.
If an emerging young team rises from the ashes, such as the Houston Astros did in 2017, knocking off the Yankees in the process, this would make for must-see TV.
The New York Yankees are back to being the hated evil Empire, now the First Order — you Star Wars fans will understand that reference. Anyways, the Yankees are now public enemy number one, once again.
So, the overall consensus for Giancarlo Stanton taking his talents to the Big Apple is a clouded one, one that we will have to wait and see if it’s good for MLB or not.
The real question is, will Stanton make a run at Barry Bonds‘ single-season home run record (73) sooner than later? It’s only a matter of time before Stanton etches his name into the history books, maybe earning a spot on the Yankees’ Mount Rushmore in the process.