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Sunday Readers' Thread: Giancarlo or Francisco?

May 26, 2024

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Our friend Fuster asked this question in the comments the other day. It's interesting. The Yankees may need a second baseman for 2025 and beyond. An argument can be made they need one now. Soon the Yankees will have an extra outfielder/designated hitter (Soto, Judge, Verdugo, Stanton, Grisham, Dominguez).


Would you trade Giancarlo Stanton for Francisco Lindor?


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27 Comments


jeff
May 27

Another point is that when the Miami Marlins were shopping Giancarlo Stanton around and he was turning down the Giants and Cardinals, and rumors had Stanton going to the Dodgers or the Cubs, during an interview, Stanton was asked if he would consider going to the Mets. Stanton made it very clear that he had no interest in playing for the Mets, and that he would use his rights as part of his "no-trade clause" to turn down any deal to the Mets. (This was before the Yankees successfully traded for him). He would most likely do that again, as he definitely has zero interest in playing for the Mets and it seems, if he WERE to waive his …

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Alan B.
Alan B.
May 26

The proposed deal doesn't make sense for either side. J. D. Martinez is the Mets DH this year. Between Baty, Vientos, and Mauricio, who will be back next year, plus I do expect Cohen to sign Alonso to a new deal, you have enough guys needing ABs for 3B/1B/DH. Oh, and Alvarez will need some DH ABs too. Then there is Acuna, who can play 2B/SS/CF. Haven't seen much of him in the OF this year, but Baty there can play LF too.


As for the Yankees, why? First, I don't know if Lindor has a no trade clause in some form, but is he willing to move long term to a position other than SS at this point i…

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6ppaulr
May 26

No way. Only because Lindor's contract runs through 2031 and the Yanks will be out from under Stanton's in 2027. The Yanks should concentrate their efforts on ensuring Soto is signed either through an in-season extension or free agency.

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Cary Greene
Cary Greene
May 26

Answering this question correctly requires more than a value comparisson between the two existing players, one being the 34-year old Giancarlo Stanton and the other being the rangy 30-year old Francisco Lindor. Stanton is owed $98 million through 2027, after which the Yankees will surely decline his $25 million 2028 club option, which they would pay $15 million towards and Miami would pay the remaining $10 million. Meanwhile, Lindor is owed $272 million through 2031 and believe it or not, he's owed another $50 million in deferred money through 2041!


Though Lindor is sure to be the more impactful player and despite the value of a rangy infield defender now that MLB has made defensive shifts illegal, a potential trade…


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Alan B.
Alan B.
May 26
Replying to

I think Peraza, like Florial, before him is a top prospect that Cashman & his gang decided at some point in 2022, he was not a prospect despite his minor league accomplishments who they wanted to even give a shot to replacing IKF. Nor did he want to trade him.

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Paul Semendinger
Paul Semendinger
May 26


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