It appears the ghost of George Steinbrenner has come back to haunt the Boston Red Sox and the rest of the AL east. After the announcement two weeks ago that Yanks would get NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins, Red Sox Nation were left a little spooked to say the least.
Watching the press conference, we see Yankee principal owner Hank Steinbrenner smiling, alongside Brian Cashman. And Hank looks a bit like the young George as we remember him. The deal felt like a blast from the past. Reminiscent of the A-Rod press conference, and cries of George buys world series rings. History repeats itself.
The Yankees get Stanton and cash considerations from the Miami Marlins in exchange for second baseman Starlin Castro, minor league right-handed pitcher Jorge Guzman and minor league infielder Jose Devers.
Stanton, 28, is the reigning 2017 National League Most Valuable Player, having led the Majors in home runs (59), runs batted in (132) and slugging percentage (.631), while batting .281 (168-for-597) with 123 runs scored, 32 doubles, 85 walks and a .376 on-base percentage in 159 games.
His 1.007 OPS trailed only Mike Trout (1.071), Aaron Judge (1.049) and Joey Votto (1.032) among all Major League qualifiers. Stanton also collected his second career NL Hank Aaron Award as his league’s most outstanding offensive performer (also 2014) in addition to earning his second Silver Slugger Award (also 2014) and making his fourth All-Star team (also 2012, ’14-15).
Stanton bolsters a lineup that led the majors in home runs last year with 241 HRs. Now they have a potential trio of players that could hit 50 or more homers in Stanton, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez. Add Didi, Hicks, and Bird who could hit 30 HRs each. The Yankees will come into the season with the scariest lineup in baseball. The only questions is if Tanaka and Sabbathia can stay healthy in 2018. They were both clutch at the end of the season last year. If Pineda comes back strong, with Severino they will tough to beat.
Yankee fans hate to see Castro go as he played well when not injured last year, and was an integral part of a team that had great chemistry in the clubhouse. They were fun to watch in the playoffs.
The Yankees may be looking to move Jacoby Ellsbury and Chase Hardly to free up money to keep them under the luxury tax payroll limit despite the big contract for Stanton.
Aaron Boone appears to be a solid choice coming in to replace Joe Girardi, who finished one win away from the world series last year. And his job got alot easier with Stanton coming in from Miami.
Derek Jeter is taking heat in Miami for this trade but with the Marlins being a team that is always near the bottom of MLB in attendance would lose money if they were to pay Stanton his salary.
Boston fans are posting photos of the green monster at twice it’s current height on social media in response to the signing. In any event, it’s an early Christmas present for Yankee fans, but Red Sox fans may be feeling a bit like Scrooge.