It's official: Stanton joins Judge in pinstripes

Dec 12, 2017 - 12:19 AM The New York Yankees officially announced Monday the blockbuster trade acquiring reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

The Yankees also received cash considerations from the Marlins in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro, minor league right-hander Jorge Guzman and minor league infielder Jose Devers.

"I'm very excited to be here and be a part of the Yankees," Stanton said at a news conference Monday during the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. "I'm just looking forward to stepping up and being with this winning environment and winning culture so I'm happy to be here."

The two teams reached terms of the deal on Saturday pending final approval from the 28-year-old Stanton under the terms of his no-trade clause and passing a physical.

Stanton, who hit 59 home runs for the Marlins this past season, is now in pinstripes and will be joining another slugger in the Yankees outfield -- American League Rookie of the Year Aaron Judge, who hit 52 homers in 2017. The Yankees led the majors with 241 home runs in 2017.

The towering duo of 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton and 6-7, 282-pound Judge will 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.

"Just watching them from afar, seeing their young dynamic group, the way they flow together on the field, the way they never give up, never quit ... there's not much you could say of why you wouldn't want to be there," Stanton said.

Talks between the Yankees and Marlins picked up Friday after Stanton turned down deals with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants.

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 will 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 seasons, ESPN reported.

Stanton led the majors in home runs, runs batted in (132) and slugging percentage (.631), while batting .281 with 123 runs scored, 32 doubles, 85 walks and a .376 on-base percentage in 159 games. Stanton also collected his second career NL Hank Aaron Award as his league's most outstanding offensive performer (also 2014) in addition to earning his second Silver Slugger Award (also 2014) and making his fourth All-Star team (2012, 2014-15, 2017).

"This is going to be a great new chapter in my life and my career so I want to thank everyone involved to be able to get this done," Stanton said.

Since the start of his career in 2010, Stanton's average of one home run per 13.40 at-bats is the best in the majors among those with at least 1,000 plate appearances over the span. In his eight seasons with the Marlins, Stanton is a .268 hitter with 267 homers and 672 RBIs.

Stanton criticized the Marlins organization in a farewell post earlier Monday on Instagram while saying goodbye to the fans and the city of Miami.

"Thank you to the Marlins Organization & the amazing city of Miami! The city that adopted me at 17 with open arms. I've loved this place over the years and it will always be special to me," Stanton wrote. "I appreciate All my teammates & coaching Staff that battled day in and day out

"I feel for u fans, you've stuck with me as we've shared some roller coaster years. I've always tried to be as professional as possible during the unprofessional, circus times there! Regardless of the Ups&downs, I've grown n learned a lot as a Person/Player. So for that I give thanks, I hope there are better days in Miami. The city & the people are too great not to be! Stay positive & much love!"

Jeter said on a Monday conference call that trading Stanton to his former team was "the best deal" for the Marlins.

"It gives us flexibility," Jeter, the CEO of the Marlins, said of deal. "We're trying to fix something that is broken. I'm just as impatient as the fans.

"I have no feelings about trading him to the Yankees. It was the best deal for us."

Stanton said he decided to waive his no-trade clause with the Marlins after a conversation with Jeter about the team's future.

"We had a meeting, we spoke about the direction of the team. I wanted us to go forward and advance with the pitching staff," Stanton said. "I thought our lineup was legit and we needed help with our pitchers and we needed to add rather than subtract. The way they wanted to go was to subtract. So I let that be known, I didn't want to be a part of another rebuild, another losing season. And that's almost a guaranteed losing season, taking away what I thought was a great lineup. So yes, I didn't want to be part of a rebuild."

The trade marks the second time in major league history that a reigning MVP has been acquired via trade prior to the start of the following season. On Feb. 16, 2004, the Yankees acquired reigning AL MVP Alex Rodriguez from the Texas Rangers.

Castro, 27, batted .300 with 66 runs, 18 doubles, one triple, 16 home runs, 63 RBIs, 23 walks and a .338 on-base percentage in 112 games with the Yankees in 2017. He was also named to his first American League All-Star team, marking his fourth All-Star selection overall (also 2011-12, 2014 with the Chicago Cubs). Acquired by the Yankees on Dec. 8, 2015, from the Cubs, Castro played two seasons with the Yankees, posting a .283 batting average with 129 runs, 47 doubles, two triples, 37 home runs, 133 RBIs and 47 walks in 263 games.

Signed by the Cubs as a non-drafted free agent in 2006, Castro has hit .282 with 99 home runs and 496 RBIs over 1,154 career games.

Guzman, 21, went 5-3 with a 2.30 ERA over 66 2/3 innings in 13 games (all starts) with short-season Class A Staten Island in 2017. The right-hander was originally acquired by the Yankees from the Houston Astros on Nov. 17, 2016. Over three minor league seasons, Guzman has an 11-11 record with a 3.67 ERA over 162 innings in 43 appearances (33 starts).

Devers, 18, was originally signed by the Yankees as a non-drafted free agent on July 2, 2016. A native of Samana, Dominican Republic, the left-handed hitting shortstop made his professional debut in 2017, batting .245 with one home run and 16 RBIs in 53 combined games in the minors.

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