The New York Yankees are always a team in the majors to keep your eye once the Winter Meetings commence.
From trades, to signings, the Yanks have a knack for being heavy suitors in any big named player on the market, so why should this upcoming offseason be any different from years prior?
Despite making minimal additions at the trade deadline and only addressing areas they needed to make alterations at, the Yanks, by my estimation, will be inclined to pursue larger ticketed items this winter, with looming holes in the infield.
According to Joel Sherman of the New York Post, should the Marlins make Stanton available, he fully expects the Yanks to “vigorously” covet the slugger based purely off New York’s reputation of being in the mix for just about any popular name.
CBS Sports’ Jon Heyman reported that the Marlins don’t seem relatively confident they’ll be able to re-sign Stanton to a long-term deal, sparking speculation that the team may ultimately look into possibly moving their star outfielder at season’s end, should talks continue to remain stagnant.
However, Sherman also writes that New York desires to veer from players wanting long-term, lucrative contracts, and Stanton could be too pricey for their taste. Yes, Stanton could shy New York away due to money – never thought I’d imagine that. And rightfully so, considering the Yankees are getting bit in the rear by current rostered players who own long-term deals.
Still, Stanton is at the young age of 24, and would inject a much needed right-handed power bat into the middle of the Yankees’ lineup, and because of those reasons, New York could surface as a team seriously interested in prying him away from Miami.
Now, there’s two more issues for the Yanks’ inclusion to any Stanton sweepstakes.
One, the Yanks already have three formidable outfielders under contract past next season – Carlos Beltran, Jacoby Ellsbury, and Brett Gardner – and the position isn’t really a pressing matter at the moment. And two, the Yanks, to my knowledge, don’t possess the resources to acquire a player like Stanton.
Of course, New York has some alluring prospects – Aaron Church, Jacob Lindgren, Gary Sanchez, and Luis Severino, to name a few – but are they willing to risk the depth of their already weak farm system for a bat at a position that’s fully-covered?
Point being, expect the Yankees to be in on Stanton, but don’t get too excited over it, because it’s a stretch to envision them actually landing him.
Crazier occurrences have happened though.