The Yankees have acquired Giancarlo Stanton from the Marlins in exchange for Starlin Castro, minor leaguers Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers, and cash considerations, the team announced Monday.
Stanton's introductory press conference will be held at 2 p.m. on Monday.
The Yankees will take on $265 million of the $295 million owed to Stanton, reports Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic.
The Yankees are aiming to rotate Stanton, Aaron Judge and Brett Gardner between left field, right field and designated hitter, reports Heyman, who noted that Gardner would not play in right.
The Yankees were among the teams for whom Stanton would waive his no-trade clause, along with the Dodgers, Astros, and Cubs, though Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported Friday that Stanton had not permanently ruled out any teams -- even the Giants or Cardinals, who both said they are out of the running.
Stanton has been the biggest talk of the offseason trade market given his raw power and great arm in the outfield. The 29-year-old led the league with 59 home runs and 132 RBI last season while also hitting .281.
Cashman, as he does so well, stayed on the periphery and when he felt the leverage tilt in his favor he swooped in and nailed down another major trade.
The Yankees didn't need Stanton, but when the price declined to the point it did and he was seemingly unwilling to go elsewhere, it would have been careless for Cashman not to jump into the fray. As a result, the Yankees will tout one of the best middle of the lineups the game has seen in some time.
As for Castro reportedly heading to Miami, it is evident the Yankees are fine with the team's top prospect Gleyber Torres starting the season at second base. Torres was expected to compete for the third base role during spring training and shifting him to second base will be no more of a learning curve than third base.
In my opinion, middling prospects are meant to be dealt and we should expect Cashman to make any required deals from the current roster to balance the intake of Stanton's salary and aid a reunion with CC Sabathia, which would presumably be the Yanks' next target.
Plain and simple, the Yankees have put themselves in a fantastic position to get back to the ALCS and a trip to the World Series is that much closer.