Marlins' co-owner Derek Jeter said the deal to move OF Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees was simply "the best deal," per NJ.com's Brendan Kuty.
The Stanton trade became official today as the Yankees received the 2017 National League MVP and cash considerations for 2B Starlin Castro, and prospects RHP Jorge Guzman and INF Jose Devers. The Marlins will also bite $30 million of the $295 million he is owed over the next 10 years.
News broke over the weekend that the trade was in the works after Stanton declined a trade to the Giants or Cardinals. The Yankees were the only other team to make an official offer, and Jeter jumped on the opportunity as it was all but done by Monday.
"That is not the case," Jeter said when asked he had to take the deal with the Yankees. "This was the best move and the best deal for the organization."
Jeter said that he met face-to-face with Stanton, and told him about the direction the organization wanted to go, according to The Post's Joel Sherman. Stanton made it known that he wanted to move before the Marlins were sold to Jeter's group. Jeter reminded the media of that on Monday.
"Prior to us acquiring the organization, we had heard that Giancarlo had said that he would not want to be part of a rebuild," Jeter said. "Those sentiments were relayed to us after we took over the organization. Understand, you don't want to have someone that does not want to be part of the organization. He signed his contract, a well-deserved contract. He had a no-trade clause in his contract. He earned it. He negotiated it. From that standpoint, it is what it is."
"I told him this organization is trying to build. We can build with you or without you. He had the right to make the decision," Jeter added.
The former Yankee captain admitted, "there is nothing I would do differently," in how he went about the trade. As for any feelings toward giving his former team a player as elite as Stanton, Jeter simply said, "I had no feeling about trading him to the Yankees. I wanted the best deal."
After the trade was made official, Stanton took to Instagram to thank the city of Miami for the past eight years with the Marlins, and for being his home since he was 17 years old. He also expressed his excitement for beginning his new journey in New York.
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 🗽
The Yankees will host a press conference at 2 p.m. at the Winter Meetings in Orlando to introduce Stanton officially as a Yankee. The 28-year-old led the MLB with 59 homers and 132 RBI last season, while also hitting .281.