Giancarlo Stanton, a Yankee?
Brian Cashman all but dismissed that pipe dream Thursday when he told The Post the Yankees are determined to cut costs and get under the $197 million tax threshold next year. Nonetheless, the sweepstakes will be on this offseason for the Marlins slugger and the $295 million remaining on his contract over the next 10 years.
Derek Jeter may not have divulged any insight on Stanton’s future in Miami, when the Yankees legend was introduced as the Marlins’ CEO at a press conference Tuesday, but all signs are pointing to the team unloading their biggest star — and other assets — this winter as they enter a major rebuilding phase.
Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause in his current contract, has said he wants to play for a winning club, according to FanRag’s Jon Heyman. The Giants, Cardinals and Phillies reportedly showed the most interest in Stanton before the July 31 trade deadline, though a team that better fits the win-now bill could sweep in this offseason — and sweep Stanton off his feet.
The Dodgers and Red Sox (and an easily swayed Yankees front office?) have the prospects the Marlins would be looking to reap in exchange for the 27-year-old Stanton. Stanton, who was born and raised in Los Angeles, could let personal ties draw him to the Dodgers or Angels — a team lower on prospects and likely looking to save money to sign two-time AL MVP Mike Trout to a long-term deal.
Stanton might have helped the Marlins on the payroll front by putting in an MVP-like year and encouraging trade suitors to take on more of his contract.
“If you can’t win a series against the worst team in the league; there’s not much going for you, right there,” he said after Miami dropped a series to the last-place Phillies.
The Marlins lifer sounds ready for a change, and he shouldn’t have to wait much longer.