We should have known all along that Giancarlo Stanton would end up in a Yankees uniform. Oh sure, we all played along once it was announced that Stanton was officially on the block, speculating about all the different teams that could potentially afford to acquire the slugger. We looked at the seemingly bottomless coffers of the Dodgers, the Red Sox and their stated desire to bring in a power-hitter this winter, and a whole group of teams with the prospects to burn like the Cardinals, Giants, Astros, Cubs, Phillies, Rangers and Mets.
All it took for the Marlins to part with Stanton was veteran second baseman Starlin Castro, pitching prospect Jorge Guzman, infield prospect Jose Devers and a team willing to pay all but $30M of the $295M salary owed to Stanton over the next decade. The Yankees never blinked. They couldn’t resist adding MLB’s premier slugger to create a modern-day murderer’s row. Make no mistake, the Yankees’ potential lineup for 2018 will be extremely difficult to pitch to.
Stanton hit 59 home runs in 2017, the first season since 2011 in which he was able to play more than 145 games, and just the third season in his eight-year career that he was able to play more than 123 games. Injuries have robbed us of the opportunity to see what he could do with a full complement of plate appearances until 2017. And since he’s just 28 years old as of November 8, Stanton is just entering what should be his prime years of production. Add in Yankee Stadium’s legendary short porch in right field and the opportunity to play a huge portion of his road games in the hitter-friendly stadiums of the American League East division, and we could see Stanton hit 60 or more home runs for several years, assuming he can stay healthy.
Stanton has been slotted as a late first round or early second round pick in some of the early mock drafts for 2018 Fantasy Baseball. The trade to the Yankees doesn’t really do much to move the needle, though. We’ve had a proliferation of home runs over the last couple of seasons and the net effect has caused a slight devaluation of power hitters. Some Fantasy owners may get a bit overexcited about Stanton and reach for him in the middle of the first round but there really isn’t any need to do that with plenty of home runs available throughout the draft.
Starlin Castro’s value also doesn’t change much with the move to the Marlins. He will likely continue to be picked somewhere in the 14th to 16th round in most 12-team leagues after finishing last season with 16 HRs and a .300 batting average. There are already rumors afoot that Castro may not be with the Marlins for long. The Mets are in the market for a second baseman and are rumored to be inquiring about bringing him back to NY.