At a Monday afternoon press conference to formally announce the trade with Derek Jeter's Miami Marlins, Stanton pulled on a No. 27 pinstriped jersey, tugged on a new Yankees cap and said he looked forward "to stepping up and being with this winning environment and winning culture".
"No, there isn't anything I would do differently", Jeter said after the trade became official on Monday.
Stanton, seemingly holding all the leverage, called that bluff.
"We're excited to get better together and use our talents together, because we're very similar, " said the 6-foot-6, 245-pound Stanton, who spoke to Judge (6-7, 282, the game's biggest position player) a few days ago.
The 28-year-old has 10 years and $295 million remaining on his contract.
"I'd say a little bit".
Many lineup projections have Stanton hitting behind Judge, which should get Judge plenty of good pitches to hit. Yankees general manager Brian Cashman said he dealt only with Hill, and Jeter dismissed the idea that trading his franchise player to his old team might have felt odd for him. Gary Denbo, the Marlins' director of player development, was in charge of the Yankees' minor leagues before joining Jeter. Having those two sluggers relaxed in the middle of their lineup in 2018 is frightening for opposing pitchers and exciting for the New York Yankees and their fans. In most cases, the more money Miami would send, the better talent they would receive in return.
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Washington Nationals are among the teams that have checked with the Marlins regarding the status of left fielder Marcell Ozuna, who is coming off of his second consecutive All-Star Game appearance.
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.
"We were not on his immediate list", Dombrowski said.
Jeter disputed that the Marlins accepted this deal because they were desperate, with nowhere to turn, insisting, "This was the best move and the best deal for the organization". In that trade, the Marlins saved $38 million. We're still trying to figure Boston out.
Jeter disagreed with any perception that Stanton was not kept in the loop about trade talks.
"This is going to be a great new chapter in my life and my career so I want to thank everyone involved to get this done", Stanton said.