Tuesday, December 12, 2017
TGS NY: How Yankees pulled off empire-building Giancarlo Stanton trade
LAKE BUENA VISTA, Fla.—If not for the Babe Ruth of Japan, the New York Yankees’ new version of Mantle and Maris likely never would have been formed. It was 23-year-old Japanese wunderkind Shohei Ohtani, not Giancarlo Stanton, who had been the Yankees’ obsession for years, and it was Ohtani whom they hoped to woo to the Bronx this winter.
The team had a presentation planned in which Ohtani would have been told he could pitch and DH for the Yankees. But Ohtani never even let the perceived favorites make a pitch in person. He ruled them out before they could even really come to bat.
And because of Ohtani’s decision, now Stanton and Aaron Judge, two outfield behemoths, are teammates, putting together potentially the most devastating home-run-hitting combination in baseball history. The transaction to make Stanton a Yankee mostly transpired in a 48-hour whirlwind on Thursday and Friday of last week, but it actually was years in the making.
I’ve forgotten all about that Ohtani fellow.
The Yankees are probably not quite done yet this offseason. I’m sure they’ll be trying to pawn off Ellsbury somewhere and getting a pitcher. I suppose they may look to get someone for 2B if only to delay Gleyber Torres’s service time clock.
As it stands now, CAIRO has them projected at around 93-94 wins if they do nothing else this offseason. Adding a starter might bump them up to 95 wins or so. That’s pretty good considering we aren’t even in 2018 yet.
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