Highly-prized slugger on the brink of waiving no-trade clause to join up with Aaron Judge at Yankee Stadium
After helping the New York Yankees to five World Series titles, Derek Jeter might help them win another. The Yankees and Jeters Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send slugger Giancarlo Stanton to New York, pending a physical, it has been reported.
Stanton has a no-trade clause in his record $325m, 13-year contract and must approve the deal. It is believed infielder Starlin Castro would go to Miami as part of the trade and the Marlins would agree to send $30-35m to the Yankees.
The St Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants said on Friday that Stanton had vetoed deals to them, but he has appeared willing to approve going to New York. As for the physical, injuries curtailed Stantons season four of the past six years, but he played 159 games in 2017.
If the Yankees complete the trade with a team run by their former captain, the new Marlins CEO, the Bronx Bombers would acquire a slugger who hit a major league-high 59 home runs last season and pair him with Aaron Judge, who led the American League with 52 in his rookie season. That would give them a one-two punch to rival Ruth-Gehrig or Mantle-Maris.
An eight-year veteran with 267 home runs, Stanton has never played on a winning team, and might now go to a perennial title contender. The Yankees reached Game 7 of the AL Championship Series last season in the first full year of a youth movement.
Yankees prospects would likely be involved in any deal. Stanton is owed $295m over the final decade of his record $325m contract.
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