The fight for Giancarlo Stanton could be getting even more interesting in the following days, as reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports, the Yankees spoke to the Marlins about a possible trade for the slugger.
With the Giants already "close" to a trade with the Marlins, pending an "OK" from Stanton, the reported package offered by the San Francisco team isn't as strong as many thought and now with interest from the Yankees and their farm system they could easily beat out the west coast team.
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.
The Giants the only "big contract" they would send to the Marlins are the $3.5 million Joe Panik is expected to get in arbitration, and that is only if the Miami team decides to keep him.
The other players mentioned in the possible trade with the Giants is Tyler Beede, their top pitching prospect, and Chris Shaw, their top outfield prospect, neither one is in the TOP 100 prospects according to MLB pipeline.
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.
Gardner has lowest the remaining contract at $11.5 and would be left out of a job if Stanton heads to New York, so it seems he is the clear 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, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Ellsbury in the outfield.
That makes him the perfect center-piece 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 Gardner's$11.5 million, but form the $35 million that stays in Miami $10 million would be on the first year and $25 million over 9 years, that would be $2.7 million per year.
That would add only $7.5 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:
- Brett Gardner
- Estevan Florial | OF
- Albert Abreu | RHP
- $260 million of Stanton's contract ($35 million stay with Marlins, $10 firs year and $2.7 for next 9 years)
That doesn't sound bad at all for either team.
Would they do something like this, maybe or maybe not especially because the Marlins would retaining $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.
Seems like a good deal.
Also Stanton would have to approve the deal, but he would be going to a possible World Series team, so it seems unlikely.