When Giancarlo Stanton announced he would want to be traded to either the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, or the New York Yankees, you had a gut feeling he was going to be traded to the New York Yankees. What exactly happened? Stanton was traded to the Yankees for second baseman Starlin Castro, right-handed pitcher Jorge Guzman, and shortstop Jose Devers.
Stanton won the National League MVP this past season. It is a shame that the Marlins traded him for basically nothing. He recently signed a 13-year contract extension worth $325 million. His contract wouldn’t end until after the 2028 season. Stanton could opt-out after the 2020 season. The Marlins are obviously going to pay some of that contract.
Stanton’s batting average was .281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases. Stanton was healthy for a full season in a while. He is usually injury prone. Even though Yankees fans are excited and Yankee haters are fuming right now, it isn’t a done deal that they will win the 2018 World Series. Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez will have another wrecking partner in the lineup.
As for Brett Gardner or Jacoby Ellsbury, will they fight for playing time or will one get traded? Well they could both play in the field along with Judge and have Stanton be the designated hitter.
As for the players the Marlins got, Starlin Castro’s batting average was .300 with 16 home runs and 63 RBI’s, along with two stolen bases last season with the Yankees. Jorge Guzman was ranked ninth on the Yankees top 30 prospects list according to MLB.com. Last season in the minors, his record was 5-3 with a 2.30 ERA. In 66.2 innings pitched, he has walked 18 batters and struck out 88. Guzman is projected to reach the majors in 2019.
Jose Devers batting average last season was .245 with one home run and 16 RBI’s, along with three stolen bases. It is unknown when he will reach the MLB level.