It was too good to pass up.
The Yankees have taken advantage of a desperate Derek Jeter-led Marlins franchise, acquiring slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
The two teams have a deal in place, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported Saturday.
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The deal bolsters an already formidable lineup, with Stanton set to join Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez in the heart of the Yankees’ batting order. The trio hit a combined 144 home runs in 2017.
It’s a serious coup for the Yankees, who reportedly weren’t that interested until Stanton used his no-trade clause to limit the Marlins’ trade options, effectively backing a cash-strapped ownership group into a proverbial corner.
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The Yankees and GM Brian Cashman have stressed a desire to remain under the luxury tax threshold in 2018, so the team now will likely turn its attention toward adding to true areas of need – namely, the starting rotation.
Defensive alignment will also present a challenge for new manager Aaron Boone, as Stanton has played all but one inning of his big-league career in right field. That, of course, is already manned by Judge, who has never played a position other than right field in the majors.
So while it remains to be seen how those two will line up together, defense is likely the least of the team’s concerns given the duo’s power-filled offensive production.