The Miami Marlins are at it again. They signed Giancarlo Stanton to a massive 13-year contract worth $325 million. They did that only to deal him to the Yankees and get rid of all of that money. Many questioned the return as the Marlins got Starlin Castro and two single-A prospects in return.
“It doesn’t make a lot of sense. You think you could get a little more for Giancarlo,” said WQAM Miami host Zach Krantz on After Hours With Amy Lawrence. “I think at that point, Jeter was forced into a corner. Giancarlo only wanted to go to certain teams. I thought it was going to be the Dodgers or Giants and that’s it. I didn’t think there was going to be another option. Once the Yankees called and said we got this and this for you, Giancarlo said okay I’ll go there.”
Why do the trade? Why trade your franchise player coming off a career year to get not much in return?
“Bad contract. New ownership came in here and this is not a billionaire that is willing to spend a ton of money to just build a super team,” said Krantz. “Derek Jeter wants to build it from the inside out. The only way to do that is to get rid of deals that he doesn’t like. As good as Giancarlo is, hitting 59 home runs, the team wasn’t winning with him. I don’t believe in it because you didn’t have that big of a fan base with Giancarlo, you take Giancarlo out of the lineup, I think you just lose a couple casual fans. I’m not the biggest proponent of trading the reigning MVP, but I kind of see it from a business aspect.
“The fans down here are kind of used to being teased like this of having a decent team…winning then it’s gone all of a sudden after that. If you’re a Marlins fan, it’s just the way you became a baseball fan down here in South Florida by seeing a team ripped apart in front of your eyes. It looks like it’s happening again. Dee Gordon, Giancarlo Stanton, and who knows who’s next. The outfield is probably gone…Yelich or Ozuna if they get good deals for them. Here you go. The fire sale has begun, and we’re right in the middle of it right now.”