Saturday, December 9, 2017
MLB trade review: Yankees acquire Stanton
In a monster deal, the New York Yankees have acquired RF Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. In return, they sent 2B Starlin Castro, RHP Jorge Guzman and SS Jose Devers
Stanton is, well, Stanton. The reigning NL MVP hit an outstanding 59 homers in 2017, with 132 RBIs, crushing the competition. The Yankees do have to take on $265 million of his 10 year, $295 million deal, but it's worth it. Plus, they didn't give up any big prospects.
Stanton, 28, hit .281 with 59 homers and 132 RBIs in 692 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career, all for the Marlins, Stanton has a batting average of .268, 267 homers and 672 RBIs in 4120 Plate Appearances.
As rebuilders, the Marlins need to unload money. They traded $300 million in Stanton and Dee Gordon in just one week. They didn't get the prospects they'd like, but they got a solid 2B in Castro to replace Gordon. Castro can be flipped, and they could get good value for him.
Castro, 27, hit .300, 16 homers, and 63 RBIs in 473 Plate Appearances in 2017. In his MLB career for the Yankees and Chicago Cubs, Castro has a batting average of .282, with 99 homers, 496 RBIs and 81 stolen bases in 4847 Plate Appearances.
Guzman, 21, had a 2.30 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 88 strikeouts in 66.2 innings in A ball last year. In his minor league career for the Yankees and Houston Astros organization, Guzman has an ERA of 3.67, plus a WHIP of 1.28. He has struck out 171 strikeouts in 162 innings. He can pitch 100 miles an hour.
Devers, 17, played his first professional season in 2017. He hit .245, with one homer, 16 RBIs and 16 stolen bases in 216 Plate Appearances. His cousin, Rafeal, is an up-and-coming 3B for the Boston Red Sox.
I think the Yankees win this deal. The Marlins would have gotten more from the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, but Stanton said no (he has a full no-trade clause).