LADY AT THE BAT: Giancarlo Stanton's Yankees Tenure Expected To Begin Today

Monday, December 11, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton's Yankees Tenure Expected To Begin Today

According to reports, Giancarlo Stanton is expected to be introduced as the newest Yankee today at the Winter Meetings in Orlando, Florida.

Upon first hearing about the deal, I was dead-set against it. Now, I am just against it. (I can live with it, though.) As I see it now, here are the pros and cons:

  • While the luxury tax is still an issue, the Yankees were able to finagle things to the point that they will be under it for the 2018 season. (Unless they make a deal before Opening Day that nixes it.)
  • The Yankees gave up next-to-nothing for Stanton. Also, Starlin Castro's departure opens the door for the team's top prospect, Gleyber Torres. If he has an out-of-this-world spring training, he'll be the Opening Day 2B.
  • All those home runs. Judge and Stanton in the same lineup. Mic drop.
  • Derek Jeter's mistake is the Yankees' windfall. Jeter is experiencing major growing pains in his role with the Marlins. Though I doubt he had a hand in every miss-step that has taken place since he came on board, it's on him nonetheless, since he is part owner and is running their baseball operations. About time The Captain received some bad karma.
  • Stanton's ten-year-deal! He is already 28 years old. Did the Yankees learn nothing from the A-Rod extension? They had better pray like the dickens that the guy opts out after 2020.
  • Stanton has been injury-prone throughout his career. Yes the injuries have been freak ones, but it's a con all the same.
  • With the acquisition, the Yankees outfield is now at least six-deep: Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Aaron Judge, Stanton, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Clint Frazier. Someone's got to go.
  • Good pitching always neutralizes power. Don't think other teams aren't already trying to come up with strategies to stop Judge and Stanton, although, I'm pretty sure one of those strategies is NOT this:
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Ellsbury, Don't Boy
Jon Heyman has tweeted that Jacoby Ellsbury, who holds a full no-trade clause, wants to remain with the team. He wants to win his CF job back, which has been given to Aaron Hicks. It's not happening. Things could get very contentious between Ellsbury and the team in the coming months, especially with Scott Boras' involvement. Stay tuned, Yankees Universe!

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