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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Marlins pitching prospect Jorge Guzman. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images)
Marlins pitching prospect Jorge Guzman. (Photo by Michael Reaves/Getty Images) /

New York Yankees: Reassessing the Stanton-Castro trade

The prospects

Finally, it’s worth noting that Castro and Stanton weren’t the 2017 deal’s only two components. Guzman and Devers were also included, and while neither has yet played a day in the major leagues for Miami, both remain in the Marlins’ system.

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Either or both could in time surpass Castro’s value and eventually be perceived as the trade’s real prize.

Guzman is a 24-year-old right-handed pitcher who spent 2019 at  AA Jacksonville. MLB rates him as the Marlins No. 16 prospect and No. 6 pitching prospect with a potential 2020 arrival date.

At Jacksonville last year he went 7-11 with a 3.50 ERA in 24 starts. The rap on him is typical of minor leaguers: lack of control and command. But that 94 to 95 mph fastball remains intriguing.

Devers, a shortstop, is the system’s No. 10 prospect. Only 22, he batted .322 in Class A ball in 2019, catching scouts’ attention with strike zone judgment that is described as unusual for his age. He also has bloodlines going for him; he is the cousin of Rafael Devers.

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Devers and Guzman are both in Marlins minor league camp this spring, so they’re at least radar-screen-worthy. Neither will make the opening day roster, and Devers isn’t even projected as big league-ready for a minimum of one more season. But within a few years, it’s possible that one or both reshapes even further how the Stanton-Castro trade is assessed.