Just a day after Giancarlo Stanton exercised his no-trade clause and rejected a trade to the San Francisco Giants, the 28-year-old outfielder has approved a trade to the New York Yankees. In a move that fully puts the Miami Marlins in a rebuild mode, they offloaded Stanton's contract, received Starlin Castro and three minor-league prospects.
Stanton's arrival in New York will give the Yankees the best power-hitting duo we've seen in decades. Stanton, last season's National League Most Valuable Player, comes over from Miami after posting an MLB-leading 59 home runs, 132 RBIs, .350 isolated power (ISO) and .631 slugging percentage. Those numbers came with half of his games played in Marlins Park, one of the least offensive friendly stadiums in baseball.
Now Stanton lands in a situation made for home runs and he'll team up with the second best power hitter in baseball. He'll team up with Aaron Judge, who finished third in slugging percentage (.627) and second in ISO (.343, wRC+ (173) and home runs (52). Judge, Stanton and catcher Gary Sanchez alone combined for more home runs (144) than the San Francisco Giants (128).
The trio will form a lineup with Brett Gardner, Aaron Hicks, Greg Bird, Gleyber Torres and Didi Gregorius, making it one of the game's best lineups and by far the heaviest producer of home runs in baseball.
Stanton's move from Marlins Park to Yankee Stadium, a move that will see him hitting baseballs over walls that are nearly 30 feet closer along the left field line, 20 feet shorter down the right field line and have short porches.
If Stanton can stay healthy, which proved to be an issue earlier in his career but he played in 159 of 162 games last season, he will quickly fall in love with Yankee Stadium. While it's difficult for two hitters on the same team to repeat 50-plus home run seasons, Stanton and Judge's power makes them capable of doing it. The duo will be one of the funnest pairs to watch in baseball.