Perhaps the biggest trade of the Winter, the Miami Marlins deal Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees in return for Starlin Castro and two prospects. This trade would have normally seemed outrageous, something in a video game, but this is no video game, this is real life.
A large part of this deal is in thanks to the Yankees’ favorite son Derek Jeter, who just happens to be the Marlins new owner. On paper, this trade would have been seen as one sided, Stanton is way better than anything they could have gotten in return. But instead lets take a look off the paper and see how this trade plays out for both teams.
For the Marlins, things were not looking pretty before the season, as they shopped most of their notable players, many people though they were crazy. The Marlins have been struggling right out of the gate with the worst record in the NL East and the second worst record in the NL. They appear to be looking for the future, but that future can’t come soon enough.
Now the Yankees appeared to have easily won the trade by getting Stanton, the NL home run king. Alongside Judge, these two seem almost unstoppable. The new era Murder’s Row, which includes Giancarlo Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez, it seems too good to be true, and it is. Stanton has gotten off to one of his worst starts in his career. He is hitting a measly .213 and leading the league in strikeouts with 35. With only 5 home runs so far and 12 combined, the big bombers have not lived up to expectations.
Now to the big question, was the trade worth it? Personally, I say no. Stanton wasn’t worth it for the Yankees.
Jeter made an impulse decision with the Yankees because that is where his heart still lies. Considering who is going to be a free agent next season, someone like Bryce Harper, the Yankees should have waited. But now, they’ll have to suffer the consequences of an impulse buy until 2027. So maybe he could prove his worth, which he probably will. The Yankees should have stuck with Judge and waited for Harper.
The Marlins on the other hand, didn’t have a choice really. Jeter bought them out, but they could have kept some of their players. I understand they are looking for a future, but to get to a future, you need a present.