We all woke up at 4:00 this morning to the hot stove cooking up news that Giancarlo Stanton was possibly within a physical examination of becoming a Yankee. Stanton negotiations took a sharp turn late this week as he stated that he would prefer a trade to one of four teams: the Yankees, Dodgers, Astros or Cubs rather than to the Cardinals or Giants.
It now appears the two sides have a deal involving Stanton, according to Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports. The expectation up to this point, according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic, is that the 28-year-old Stanton will waive his no-trade clause for the Yankees, if he has not already, pending his physical.
In the early hours of this morning, Joel Sherman of the New York Post reported early, early this morning that the deal was “virtually done.” and that Starlin Castro plus good but not top prospects that aren’t close to majors would head to Miami, if completed. While Sherman reminded us in another tweet that Stanton’s physical is not a slam dunk, that he has old injuries from football and high school, it would be even bigger news if he failed the physical at this point and did not get traded to the Yankees.
Sending Castro to Miami would open up second base for Gleyber Torres, who is expected to compete for a starting job in spring training. Ronald Torreyes and Tyler Wade would also get a shot at the second base job, if Torres isn’t 100 percent ready to go.
Rumors circulated overnight that Brian Cashman got involved in trade talks for Stanton even prior to Stanton turning down the Giants because he found out that the Yankees could be in play. Now it seems, Cashman may pull off a deal on par with the deal that brought Alex Rodriguez to the Yankees in 2004.
The prospect of a lineup featuring Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Giancarlo Stanton, hitting 2-3-4, will undoubtedly strike fear into the heart of opposing pitchers. Forget the All-Star Game Home Run Derby, every day will be derby day if Stanton joins the bombers.