Sunday, December 10, 2017
Ninja Cash strikes again - Giancarlo Stanton
It went from "Yanks starting to have discussions on Stanton" to "things are definitely heating up" to "this deal is going to get done" all in a matter of a few hours. Like a teenager checking his phone every ten seconds, I efreshed Twitter at a nauseating rate looking for the latest post by Jack Curry or Joel Sherman or Jon Heyman. Actual updates in between fan saltiness made for enjoyable scrolling.
Side note: I do not understand the Twitter algorithm and how frequently I see Tweets out of order. It's maddening to see a new Tweet followed by one from 7 hours ago.
Anyhow, it looks like reigning MVP Giancarlo Stanton will be a Yankee, at least for the next three years, pending his physical. I guess it will become official today or tomorrow.
I know many fans, myself included, who are excited. I know several who aren't. Some feel it was an unnecessary move. Some feel it might upset the team's chemistry. Who knows at this point?
I think the deal was too good to pass up. It fell on to Brian Cashman's lap, and it was almost impossible to say no. I do wish somehow Jacoby Ellsbury was involved in the deal, but getting Stanton for Starlin Castro (who didn't fit into the team's long-term plans) and two low level prospects, is a deal you have to make ten times out of ten. And as many have pointed out, it might end up looking like a bargain compared to what Bryce Harper and Manny Machado end up receiving next off-season.
How it all works out between positions and batting order is going to be a challenge, but I'm sure Aaron Boone is up to the task of where to slot in a 59-HR power threat into the lineup.
I don't expect Stanton and Judge to both hit 50 again - at least not in the same season. But if they are perennial 40-HR guys, that's still a lot of power and offensive production. Add that with a hopefully healthy Greg Bird, Gary Sanchez, Didi Gregorius, and the #1 prospect in baseball...and it's an exciting time.