Last Updated on October 21, 2023 at 6:28 pm by Amanda Cunha
The ongoing discourse surrounding the potential trade of Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees has reached a level of absurdity that leaves one wondering if there’s some kind of collective hallucination at play. With a deep sigh, we find ourselves asking, “What on earth is everyone smoking?”
It’s become increasingly challenging to engage in a rational discussion about Giancarlo Stanton in the present day. Die-hard New York Yankees fans find themselves grappling with a stark reality: Stanton’s performance has fallen far short of expectations, and his monstrous contract has had a detrimental impact on the team’s pursuit of other star players who could have seamlessly fit into the roster or served as invaluable additions.
However, we must come to terms with the undeniable truth – Giancarlo Stanton is a Yankee. His contract binds him to the team until 2027, and his presence on the payroll is a looming fixture. This is the unfortunate result of a no-trade clause in his contract, which means even if there were a willing suitor, the financial burden would deter most sane teams.
But there’s a prevailing misconception that the Yankees can offload Stanton with ease. This is a player who, due to frequent injuries, is primarily relegated to the designated hitter (DH) role and can hardly contribute on the defensive end. Furthermore, his speed on the base paths is all but a distant memory as he enters his age-34 season.
Recent discussions on the “Foul Territory” show took an especially bewildering turn when Gary Sheffield Jr. suggested, rather nonchalantly, that the Yankees should cut ties with Stanton as their top offseason priority. To make matters more perplexing, former Yankee Erik Kratz added a surreal layer to the narrative by suggesting that a whopping 25 teams would readily strike a deal for Stanton, citing his performance in the first half of 2022 as a bargaining chip.
Cautious considerations surrounding Giancarlo Stanton’s future
The prominent concern in this situation revolves around Stanton’s susceptibility to injuries. It’s not that he lacks the ability to participate in baseball, although it’s evident that his skills have been declining. The real issue is that no reasonable team, whether a top contender, mid-market, or small-market franchise, would be eager to take on the substantial burden of the remaining $98 million on Stanton’s contract (and let’s not overlook the fact that the Marlins are still responsible for a $30 million share of the deal) for the next four seasons, particularly in light of his worst career performance.
Teams are willing to invest significant annual average values (AAVs) in top-notch starting pitchers, but not in aging designated hitters who limit lineup flexibility and strike out nearly 30% of the time.
This isn’t a critique of Giancarlo Stanton. He shouldn’t be held responsible for his injury troubles, the Yankees’ decision to acquire him, or the financial choices made by the team’s ownership. He also can’t be blamed for the swift shift by the Yankees from using him as a full-time player on both offense and defense to his current restricted role.
The current situation is that Stanton has a say in where he goes. The financial baggage tied to him further narrows down the list of potential interested parties. Additionally, the Yankees’ unwavering stance against absorbing costs or giving up valuable prospects to offload salary only adds another layer of complexity to any potential trade.
In reality, there are probably no more than three teams open to the idea of acquiring Stanton. In the broader context of the Yankees’ offseason agenda, which involves numerous urgent needs and shortcomings, dealing with the Stanton dilemma is far from being among the top five priorities.
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