Have we hit peak MLB trade rumor season yet? If we haven’t, it’s getting awfully close. You know it when you hear rumblings about Giancarlo Stanton heading north to put on the pinstripes for New York. Hey, let’s take the most expensive contract ever and send it to the richest, winningest team of all time. (Actually, the concept sounds perfect from that point of view.)
In fact, the idea was electric enough to spark an online feud between one of the most respected baseball reporters around (Jon Heyman) and a former GM recently fired by ESPN, a guy known for repeating fake rumors from a fake Twitter account (Jim Bowden). When you have fans irritated, front offices disturbed, and Heyman dunking on Bowden, you officially have a great trade rumor.
Back in the real world, the concept stinks to high heaven. Here’s why a trade involving Stanton is a terrible idea for the Yankees and Marlins.
1. Aaron Judge plays the same position
Remember Aaron Judge? He cruised into late July leading the game in homers and WAR after winning the Home Run Derby. In brief, Judge is the greatest outfielder to debut for the Yankees in a generation.
Being a rookie, Judge is under cost control with the team until 2023. He plays the same position (right field) as Stanton. Of the 1,971 putouts Stanton has made in the outfield throughout his MLB career, a whopping 1,969 came in right field. So the concept would require the Yankees to move one of these players to another position. Why?