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Friday, December 8, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton willing to go to Yankees, who should make the The Godfather II offer: nothing.


In 2018 Giancarlo Stanton will be paid $25 million. That's the only year of his contract that inhibits the Yankees from trading for Stanton and paying Stanton in 2018 and all the succeeding years. Stanton hit 59 home runs in 2017. He'd be a great addition to Aaron Judge and his 52 homers. Hey, like Mickey Mantle and Roger Maris.

201828Miami Marlins$25,000,0007.118
201929Miami Marlins$26,000,000
202030Miami Marlins$26,000,000may opt out of contract following 2020 season
202131Miami Marlins$29,000,000
202232Miami Marlins$29,000,000
202333Miami Marlins$32,000,000
202434Miami Marlins$32,000,000
202535Miami Marlins$32,000,000
202636Miami Marlins$29,000,000
202737Miami Marlins$25,000,000
202838Miami Marlins*$25,000,000$25M Team Option, $10M Buyout
Earliest Free Agent: 2028

The boring conventional wisdom has been that the Yankees must wait until after 2018 and then try to sign a free agent after the Yankees have gotten under the salary cap. MAYBE the Yankees can sign Bryce Harper or Manny Machado. MAYBE. And how much would the Yankees have to pay them?

The contracts of Alex Rodriguez and CC Sabathia will be off the books for 2018. The problem is that Yankee general manager Brian Cashman still has these dead wood contracts for 2018:
Jacoby Ellsbury $21 million
Aroldis Chapman $17 million
Chase Headley $13 million
Starlin Castro $11 million

That's $62 million. Half of it more than covers what the Yankees would have to pay Stanton in 2018.

Here's the best part. The Yankees make the The Godfather II offer: nothing. That's what Cashman should have offered to Texas for Alex Rodriguez. Instead Cashman traded Alphonso Soriano. Stanton's current team, the Marlins, would take a couple of broken bats to move Stanton and his huge contract.

All that's required is a little imagination and a little nerve. Do Hal Steinbrenner and Brian Cashman have even a little of either? Is Hal more Freddo than Micheal? Cashman is more Tessio than Clemenza. Hal isn't Micheal enough to realize it.

Aaron: Boone, Judge, Hicks, Hank. Sunday, December 3, 2017

The Yankees needed to replace Boone at third base and traded Alfonso Soriano to Texas for All Star shortstop Alex Rodriguez, who converted to third and was American League MVP in 2005 and 2007 and became the Yankees all time third baseman.

In his last two years with the Yankees Soriano played second base and hit 39 and 38 home runs. In 2006 in his only season with Washington, Soriano moved to left field and set a franchise record with 46 home runs.

After three years of the ten year quarter of a billion dollar contract they had given Rodriguez, the Texas Rangers was so desperate to get rid of that financial burden that the Rangers would have taken nothing for Rodriguez. Instead Yankee general manager Brian Cashman traded a very valuable player for Rodriguez. Not a good move.

Giancarlo Stanton is available but Yankees can't/won't try to get him. Tuesday, December 5, 2017

Giancarlo Stanton hit 59 home runs in the 2017 regular season. His contract with the Miami Marlins is both long and high. New Marlins owners have been trying trade Stanton. Multiple teams are interested in acquiring Stanton.

Conspicuous by their absence are the New York Yankees, who supposedly are trying to get under the team salary cap. The Yankees are also supposedly loaded with minor league talent.

And yet, not a syllable has been written or spoken about the Yankees adding Stanton to their 2018 roster. There was a time when this would have been unthinkable

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