I’ll admit that on Friday morning, I wanted no part of Giancarlo Stanton in a Yankees uniform.
I understood full well Stanton was the 2017 National League MVP. I was well aware of the fact that he is without question one of the ten best players in baseball.
That said, I figured the idea of bringing Stanton to the Yankees made absolutely no sense. Why? For a variety of different reasons.
Maybe I was naive, but I figured for the Yankees to acquire a player as good as Stanton it would require the cost of serious prospects and the Yankees going over the luxury tax.
A luxury tax the Yankees vowed to stay under heading into the Winter of 2018.
For those two reasons, I wasn’t in favor of making a play for Stanton.
However, my tune dramatically changed walking into the WFAN studios at around midnight Saturday morning right after a television appearance on SNY, where I made my case for the Yankees to pass on Giancarlo.
I read a report that the Yankees could stay under the tax, give up minimal prospects in return, and would still acquire Stanton.
Honestly, I thought it was a joke. This cannot be serious.
The Yankees would stay under the tax, only trade Starlin Castro and two marginal prospects and acquire one of the best players in baseball?
Well in that case, where do I sign?
It was an absolute no brainer for a Yankee franchise that has been on fire for the better part of two-plus years.
The expectations changed dramatically after the 2017 season, but after the Stanton trade the team took it to an entirely different level.
The Evil Empire is back.
The Yankees “stole” Stanton. This is a sentiment you will hear from the Yankee hater across the tri-state area.
I understand their point. They are bitter, they are angry, who could blame them? Who could also blame the Yankees for pulling off their equivalent of the Lufthansa heist.
Merry Christmas Yankee fans!
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