Stove's Hot Now: Yankees "Making Progress" in Trade Talks for Giancarlo Stanton (UPDATES)

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Stove’s Hot Now: Yankees “Making Progress” in Trade Talks for Giancarlo Stanton (UPDATES)

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Things are smoking today, my friends.

Not only did we finally get a (sad) conclusion in the Shohei Ohtani saga, but things finally started moving on the Giancarlo Stanton trade front, with word that he had four teams to which he’d approve a trade, none of which were the Cardinals or Giants, each of which subsequently said he’d rejected trades to them.

That gave all the leverage to the other teams that are actually interested – the Dodgers and Yankees – and it looks like the Yankees are wasting no time:

At this point, the Marlins will have to be thankful if they can get significant salary relief in a deal like this, and probably won’t see a huge return, too.

For the Yankees, the opportunity to put a star like Stanton in a lineup already full of young talent is probably overwhelmingly tantalizing, especially after missing out on Ohtani. Given the alternatives, I’d be fine with seeing Stanton head to New York. Batting practice with him, Aaron Judge, and Gary Sanchez would become a pay-per-view event.

Arguable bonus? If the Yankees land Stanton, it might make them less serious players for Bryce Harper next offseason …

(Photo by Rob Carr/Getty Images)

UPDATE: Eh, it might not happen tonight, though:

UPDATE 2: If you’d told me a few years ago that Starlin Castro might be involved in a trade for Giancarlo Stanton, I wouldn’t have thought it was part of some kind of crazy, complex salary dump:

Please don’t send Starlin into baseball purgatory …

UPDATE 3: How in focus? HOW IN FOCUS?


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