The Yankees are among four teams that Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton would approve a trade to, according to Sirius XM's Craig Mish.
The other three teams include the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers and Houston Astros, according to Mish, who also notes Stanton's "desire to win has been greatly understated."
Stanton, the subject of trade rumors over the past few weeks as the Marlins reportedly look to cut $65 million from their payroll next season, has a no-trade clause in his 13-year, $325 million contract, and has not approved a trade to the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals, two teams who have heavily pursued acquiring the 28-year-old MVP.
The Marlins have already reportedly agreed on the "general framework" in a deal with the Cardinals and Giants, and Stanton had met with both clubs, according to Mish, however it is unclear where they stand.
The Yankees and Dodgers are considered the two favorites to land Stanton and would likely approve a trade to either team, according to Sirius XM's Jim Bowden.
As the Marlins look start fresh, Stanton told FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman in September he didn't want to be part of a rebuilding process, adding, "I've lost for seven years." The Marlins are 457-529 in games in which Stanton has played since he made his debut in 2010, as they have finished with a sub-.500 in each year.
Stanton led the majors with 59 home runs, 132 RBIs and a .631 slugging percentage in 159 games last season en route to his first MVP award. He has a lifetime .268/.360/.554 batting line with 267 home runs and 672 RBIs.
Stanton to the Yankees would surely put Shohei Ohtani despair to rest.
The Yankees are looking to get under the luxury tax so that the rate resets before next season's exceptional free agent class, making a Stanton trade tricky. For reference, the Giants have the framework of a deal in place which would send four players to the Marlins and would assume $250 million of Stanton's deal.
If the Yankees, who reportedly checked in on Stanton at the trade deadline last summer and earlier this offseason, were to take on the same salary, they will undoubtedly have to reduce payroll by trading from their current roster commitments and it would certainly affect other decisions concerning roster construction this offseason.
The Yankees would also need to determine which prospects they would be willing to part with to acquire Stanton, with the big question being would they leave the Yankees shorthanded elsewhere in the future? Seeing Stanton in the same lineup as Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez would be amazing, but there would be several hurdles to jump in order to make it a reality. The one factor they don't need to worry about is Stanton's desire to play in New York.