New York Yankees acquire OF Giancarlo Stanton from Miami Marlins

Giancarlo Stanton officially transitioned to pinstripes, leaving the Miami Marlins for the New York Yankees, and the MLB All-Star is excited.

The Marlins have also dealt Dee Gordon to the Mariners.

Now, the right-handed slugger is on the newly installed favorites to win the World Series, and Stanton embraced the idea of vaulting the Yanks over the top. "And I wasn't sure if they were going to beat that team, either". Marlins ownership reportedly threatened that if he didn't accept a trade to either St. Louis or San Francisco, they wouldn't deal him.

And when the Dodgers, already in a payroll fix, balked - well, Cashman couldn't run fast enough to managing general partner Hal Steinbrenner.

"I thought our lineup was legit and we needed help with our pitchers, and we needed to add rather than subtract", Stanton said.

And the Giancarlo-Judge duo? Jeter said Stanton made it clear that he did not want to be part of rebuild, so it was best for the organization to move on. "We wanted to get the best deal".

By contrast, Stanton described the Marlins as directionless and chastised the organization for the "unprofessional, circus times" he spent there via Intagram post, though he praised the city and sympathized with Marlins fans. "We feel like we have a great, young team in place, and now you add the National League MVP, a guy that's obviously in the prime of his career, a guy that's coming off such an unbelievable season".

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But the Marlins were in sell-mode and that's when things got messy.

Dombrowski said he did all his homework on a potential Stanton trade. "But that just wasn't the fit for me".

"You're not going to force me to do anything, regardless of what the situation is, " Stanton said of what he regarded as Miami's unfair stance. By Thursday, the Marlins had a deal in place with the Yankees. They would not trade Gleyber Torres straight up for Starlin Castro, Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, and the Yankees got Torres plus more from the Cubs for three months of Aroldis Chapman.

NY made the Headley trade (San Diego will absorb all of the $13 million on Headley's contract) in order to clear more room under the luxury tax threshold ($197 million), giving them a better opportunity to pursue a top-end starting pitcher or third baseman on the open market.

But Stanton isn't even thinking in those terms.

The 28-year-old has 10 years and $295 million remaining on his contract.

  • Tabitha Byrd