- Derek Jeter was the Rookie of the Year and the Yankees were champions in 1996, beginning a two-decade run of successful player and team that pretty much made him bulletproof in NY for two decades. If so, then why threaten Stanton with, of all things, having to play for Derek Jeter the rest of his career if he didn't go to St. Louis or San Francisco?
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.
Judge was also the Yankee most impacted by the presence of Stanton, a fellow right fielder and the only other player to crest 50 home runs last season.
The Yankees, at least publicly, made a late charge for Stanton, a native of Panorama, Calif., who some believe was holding out for an offer from the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Jeter sounded displeased by the suggestion the deal was not a good one.
Dombrowski said he did all his homework on a potential Stanton trade. "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 fantastic season".
He knows NY isn't playing backup for Robin Hood anymore. He is the first reigning most valuable player to be traded since the Yankees snagged Rodriguez from Texas in 2004, and joins Aaron Judge (52 homers) in the middle of the lineup.
Realizing that Stanton had gained complete control thanks to a no-trade clause and a pair of vetoed deals to the Giants and Cardinals, Cashman twisted Miami's arm, and might as well have stolen their prized slugger. 281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs with the Marlins in 2017. The Marlins warned Stanton that if he stayed, the team would be torn down around him. General manager Brian Cashman referred to the Stanton acquisition as adding to the Yankees' "band of merry men". He's due $10 million in 2018 and $11 million in 2019 plus a $16 million club option for 2020 with a $1 million buyout.
Devers, 18, batted.245 with 16 steals in 53 games for two teams in the low minors.
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