New York Yankees: Reassessing the Stanton-Castro trade

TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees reacts after getting out in the third inning during the Pittsburgh Piratesspring training game against the at Steinbrenner Field on February 24, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images)
TAMPA, FLORIDA - FEBRUARY 24: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees reacts after getting out in the third inning during the Pittsburgh Piratesspring training game against the at Steinbrenner Field on February 24, 2020 in Tampa, Florida. (Photo by Mark Brown/Getty Images) /
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Giancarlo Stanton is congratulated by his third base coach Phil Nevin after his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game one of the American League Championship Series. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images)
Giancarlo Stanton is congratulated by his third base coach Phil Nevin after his solo home run against the Houston Astros during the sixth inning in game one of the American League Championship Series. (Photo by Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images) /

New York Yankees: Reassessing the Stanton-Castro trade

The Postseason

Castro, of course, never played a post-season game for the Marlins. That means the question of the post-season contribution goes to Stanton by default, right? Maybe not. The Yanks reached post-season play in both 2018 and 2019, but it’s an entirely arguable proposition whether Stanton helped them in October.

During the 2018 post-season, Stanton had 22 plate appearances. They resulted in five hits—that’s a .227 batting average –one of them a home run. But that homer was meaningless, adding a seventh run in the eighth inning of the wild card game against Oakland when New York already led 6-2.

In the four-game division series loss to Boston, Stanton batted .222, coming to the plate 11 times with runners on base but failing to drive in a run. Five of those 11 potentially productive at-bats were strikeouts, and a sixth was a double play.

Stanton did not fare much better in the 2019 post-season. Across 13 official at-bats, he managed three hits – one a home run — this time driving in two runs. Four walks helped his on-base average. But he also whiffed five times. In the American League Championship; Series loss to Houston, injuries limited him to plate appearances and one RBI, a solo home run.

For the post-season as a whole, Stanton came to the plate with 10 runners on base and stranded nine of them.

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That puts Stanton’s career post-season production in New York at a .235 average, two homers, three RBIs, a .737 OPS a dozen strikeouts, and a Win Probability Added of -0.35 games.

In other words,  rather than Stanton’s presence enhancing the New York Yankees postseason hopes, he has actually been a liability.