While most of the rumors surrounding reigning NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton have involved the San Francisco Giants, Los Angeles Dodgers and St. Louis Cardinals, one American League team might be his ultimate landing spot.
According to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Miami Marlins and New York Yankees have discussed a trade that would send the slugger further east.
Heyman goes on to note that the Yankees are “on the far fringes” of Stanton talks thus far, primarily because it would be difficult for them to fit in Stanton’s $25 million 2018 salary and remain under the luxury tax threshold.
Though, it’s important to note that New York does rank among the top farm systems in baseball, according to MLB.com. This could enable the team to offer up a higher bounty of prospects in exchange for the Marlins picking up nice chunk of the remaining $295 million on Stanton’s contract.
The idea of Stanton and his 59 homers teaming up with reigning AL Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge (52 homers) has to be appealing to the Yankees. Add in Gary Sanchez (33 homers) and that would be one potent lineup.
It’s at least something to think about as the Stanton situation continues to take over the MLB world and slow down Hot Stove season.