The fight for Giancarlo Stanton could be getting even more interesting in the following days, with the news that Stanton will not approve a trade to the Giants or Cardinals, teams with which the Marlins already had deals ready for the slugger, informed Craig Mish of SiriusXM.
Cardinals and Giants not on Stanton's approval. Unclear if either or both teams have been told anything to this point.— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) 8 de diciembre de 2017
Mish also reported that Stanton that Stanton would only approve trades to the Astros, Dodgers, Cubs and Yankees.
Now told Stanton will approve :— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) 8 de diciembre de 2017
The Yankees had shown previous interest in Stanton, reported Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports a few weeks ago, but there was nothing serious.
Now, with Stanton calling the shots the price for the slugger goes way down and could force the Marlins to accept a trade a few weeks back they wouldn't have.
But, it's gonna take some creativity.
Heyman indicated that the Yankees would want to trade at least one of their veterans in the package. Some combination of Jacoby Ellsbury, Chase Headley, and Brett Gardner. Their salaries are $21.14 million, $13 million and $11.5 million respectively.
So what can the Yankees offer?
First, let's get rid of the possibility of trading Ellsbury, the Marlins won't want his over $20 million and he also has a Full-No-Trade clause.
We are down to Gardner and Headley, they both are way cheaper and don't have No-Trade clauses, but Gardner meets the criteria for the 10-5 rule which allows him to void any trade.
That leaves Headley.
The third-basemen is owed $13 million for 2018 and that's it for his contract. So he is the obvious choice.
Now, we move on to the prospects.
The Yankees have five prospects in the TOP 100 and even some outside that list are top of the line players. But let's rule out Gleyber Torres, Chance Adams, and Justus Sheffield.
That would leave Estevan Florial and Miguel Andújar.
Both are great players and Andújar could be headed to a starting third basemen job in 2018, depending on what the Yankees decide to do with Torres.
Florial, on the other hand, is completely blocked in the outfield with players like Clint Frazier, Brett Grardner, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, and Ellsbury in the outfield.
That makes him the perfect centerpiece for the trade.
Now, the Marlins also want pitching but Adams and Sheffield are most likely off the table, that leaves us with the next two up Domingo Acevedo and Albert Abreu.
Both are Dominican pitchers that throw absolute gas, with velo in the high 90's. Acevedo is 23 years old and Abreu is 22 and both show potential as starters.
My choice would be Abreu, who is younger and has shown a lot of promise in his secondary pitches that could develop him into a top of rotation starter.
Now the last piece and maybe the most important part, the money.
It was reported that the Marlins would approve a deal if the Giants would take $250 million of Stanton's contract.
The Yankees could also do that and even take a little more, but not in the first year as they want to be under the LUXURY TAX in 2018 so that they can reset their bill to go all in on players like Manny Machado, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw and Josh Donaldson in free agency.
So let's get a little creative, the Yankees take $260 million of Stanton's contract, as to offset Headley's $13 million, but from the $35 million that stays in Miami $10 million would be in the first year and $25 million over 9 years, that would be $2.7 million per year.
That would add only $5.5 million to the Yankees payroll for 2018 with Stanton's big bat next to Judge, a total of 111 home runs in 2017. The Red Sox only had 168 in the same season.
So the package would look like this:
- Chase Headley
- Estevan Florial | OF
- Albert Abreu | RHP
- Giovanny Gallegos | RHP
- $260 million of Stanton's contract ($35 million stays with Marlins, $10 first year and $2.7 for next 9 years)
That doesn't sound bad at all for either team.
If the Marlins want to get creative they could involve a third team to take on Headley's contract for a couple of lower level prospects and pay half his contract.
Would they do something like this, maybe or maybe not especially because the Marlins would possibly be retaining over $20 million in 2018, but that would be for only one year and they would go from paying $30 million a year to only $2.7 the next 9 years.
Seems like a good deal.
Also, Stanton would have to approve the deal, but he would be going to a possible World Series team, and according to Mish the slugger is a full go for a trade to the Bronx.