Giancarlo puts on the pinstripes for the first time.
Giancarlo Stanton was officially introduced as the newest member of the New York Yankees yesterday afternoon, after the Marlins agreed to trade the reigning National League MVP in exchange for Starlin Castro and two Single-A players. According to ESPN, Miami will also be sending the Yanks $30 million in addition to #27.
The Marlins, now led by Yankees legend Derek Jeter, had threatened to keep Stanton for the rest of his 10-year, $295 million contract, because he wouldn't waive his no-trade clause for a trade to the Cardinals or Giants.
According to ESPN, Stanton thought Miami just needed to add pitching to their lineup, while Jeter was dead set on subtracting assets in an effort to rebuild. Once the Yankees came calling about the 28-year old slugger, it was a done deal.
Of course, the Yanks already have a power hitting right fielder in Aaron Judge, but Stanton is not concerned with how he'll fit into the lineup.
"That doesn't matter where I'm going to play," Stanton said Monday after he slipped on his No. 27 pinstriped jersey for the first time at his introductory news conference during the winter meetings. "I'm willing to play wherever I need that can fit the team, whether that's rotating around right field with Aaron, DH. We haven't spoken about that specifically, but we're willing to find whatever works to make us the best."
Giancarlo took to social media yesterday to thank the Marlins organization and officially declare "there's a new animal in the concrete jungle."
"Thank you to the Marlins Organization & the amazing city of Miami! The city that adopted me at 17 with open arms. I’ve loved this place over the years and it will always be special to me.
I appreciate All my teammates & coaching Staff that battled day in and day out
I feel for u fans, you’ve stuck with me as we’ve shared some roller coaster years.
I’ve always tried to be as professional as possible during the unprofessional , circus times there!
Regardless of the Ups&downs, I’ve grown n learned a lot as a Person/Player. So for that I give thanks, I hope there are better days in Miami . The city & the people are too great not to be!
Stay positive & much love ! ————————————— As for NEW YORK CITY !!! I am officially a YANKEE🔥🔥
I can’t wait to spark this new chapter in my life, & keeping it Lit 🗽"