Yankees land Stanton in blockbuster deal

Dec 10, 2017 - 3:50 AM The New York Yankees agreed to acquire National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins in a blockbuster trade, according to multiple reports Saturday.

The two teams reached terms for a deal pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stanton under the terms of his no-trade clause and passing a physical. The approval is expected to be a formality.

Yankees second baseman Starlin Castro and two minor league prospects would be traded to Miami as part of the deal, according to reports.

The news comes a day after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants both announced they agreed to deals to acquire Stanton, but he declined to waive his no-trade clause.

Talks between the Yankees and Marlins picked up Friday after two more teams dropped out of the running for the superstar. New York and Miami re-engaged in talks earlier in the week, according to ESPN.

The Cardinals and Giants both targeted Stanton from the time that new Marlins ownership -- led by former Yankees great Derek Jeter -- made it known they wanted to move Stanton to help slash payroll. He is owed $295 million over the next 10 years with an opt-out clause in 2021.

The Yankees would be responsible for $265 million with the Marlins kicking in $30 million as part of the deal, according to multiple reports. Stanton has the right to opt out of his contract and become a free agent after receiving $77 million over the next three season, ESPN reported.

Stanton, who hit 59 home runs for the Marlins this past season, will be joining another slugger in the Yankees outfield -- American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, who hit 52 homers in 2017.

The towering duo of 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton and 6-7, 282-pound Judge would be in the 2018 Yankees' lineup for new manager Aaron Boone.

Only once in major league history has a lineup boasted two 50-homer players -- the 1961 Yankees when Roger Maris broke Babe Ruth's record with 61 while Mickey Mantle hit 54.

The interest from the Yankees was a bit of a surprise since owner and managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner previously declared his team's payroll will remain below the $197 million luxury tax.

"If there's one thing my family has proven throughout the years, it's that any time we have money coming off the payroll, whenever humanly possible we're going to put it back into the club, not back into our pockets," Steinbrenner said Wednesday.

According to ESPN, Stanton counts as $25.05 million for purposes of the luxury tax, but trading Castro cuts New York's tax payroll by $8,801,786. Retired Alex Rodriguez ($27.5 million) comes off the payroll after this season, and five high-priced Yankees have become free agents: CC Sabathia ($20 million), Matt Holliday ($13 million), Michael Pineda ($7.4 million), Todd Frazier ($4,918,033) and Jaime Garcia ($4,961,721).

The Yankees were one of four teams remaining that Stanton was open to a trade, including his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers along with the Chicago Cubs and Houston Astros.

Stanton led the majors during his MVP season in home runs, RBIs (132), extra-base hits (91) and slugging percentage (.631). In his eight seasons with the Marlins, Stanton is a .268 hitter with 267 homers and 672 RBIs.

The Yankees and general manager Brian Cashman had a busy week starting on Monday with the hiring of Aaron Boone as the 33rd manager in franchise history. Boone was introduced at a press conference Wednesday and the new manager of the storied franchise called the job "the chance of a lifetime."

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