Late Friday night into Saturday morning, the two teams worked on a deal to send Stanton to the Bronx, and around 8:00 AM EST Saturday, Jon Heyman of FanRagSports reported that an agreement had been reached.
Stanton, 28, hit a Major League-leading 59 home runs and 132 RBI in 2017 for the Marlins, for whom he's played his entire eight-year MLB career. With a full no-trade clause in his back pocket, Stanton still has to approve the final deal, but recent reports indicated that he would be willing to make a move to the Yankees if a deal was in place.
The four-time All-Star and two-time Silver Slugger will join forces with an already formidable heart of the Yankees lineup, which will soon feature Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez and Stanton likely in successive order, creating a nightmare scenario for opposing pitchers.
Veteran second baseman Starlin Castro has been rumored to be a part of the deal, which would help mitigate some of the remaining salary on Stanton's record-setting 13-year, $325 million deal signed back on November 18, 2014.
Stanton has $295 million over 10 years remaining on the deal with an opt-out after 2020, but the Yankees will reportedly send back Castro's remaining money as well prospects RHP Jorge Guzman, 21, and INF Jose Devers, 18, per Joel Sherman.
Ken Rosenthal reports the Yankees will take on $265 million of the remaining $295 million on the contract, while the Marlins will throw in $30 million along with Stanton to help aid the Yankees' luxury cap hit. Sherman reports that the $30 million in relief will be spread out over the course of the remaining 10 years, unless Stanton opts out after the 2020 season.
Without Castro, the Yankees would likely open the door for one of MLB's top prospects, 20-year-old Gleyber Torres, to take over at second alongside breakout star Didi Gregorius at shortstop.
Though still extremely young, Torres has the makings of a future franchise player, and while he adjusts to MLB competition the Yankees can always turn to utility man Ronald Torreyes or youngster Tyler Wade to man the middle infield position.
Stanton's presence will also do a lot to protect the other hitters surrounding him in the lineup, which could subsequently boost the entire team's collective offensive might. It now seems very unlikely that the Yankees would add another marquee talent like Bryce Harper or Manny Machado in the loaded free agency class of 2019, but as is readily evident, crazy things can happen.
What adds yet another layer of narrative intrigue to the whirlwind reports of Saturday is the fact that Derek Jeter, arguably the most popular player in _Yankees _history, is the one orchestrating the Stanton deal with his former club, on behalf of the team he now co-owns, the Marlins.
Stay tuned for more developments as more details of the deal emerge.