With the Giants now seemingly out of the Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes after the Marlins' slugger said he would not waive his no-trade clause to go to San Francisco, it would be a logical next step for them to pursue Martinez. Mish says that Stanton took meetings with both teams because they were the only potential deals on the table.
And even if the Marlins were willing to eat enough of Stanton's contract to make some sort of deal possible, they would then want premium prospects in return, and the Yankees might balk at that idea as well. The market has been at a standstill, and now that some clarity has been given in the whole Stanton saga, those dominoes could start to fall as the Winter Meetings near.
For his career, he is batting.268 with 267 home runs and 672 RBIs. The deal will make him the 12th highest paid player in baseball next season, earning $25 million. He has no incentive to appear to be a the bad guy in publicly rejecting trades to multiple cities.
Although the Yankees also appeal to Stanton, a deal to New York would have to surmount several obstacles. If a team is able to get below the competitive tax threshold for one year, the tax resets to 20-percent. As such, the notion floated a couple of days ago that Stanton could be traded this week seems far-fetched.
San Francisco is looking to bounce back from a surprising season that ended with a last-place finish the NL West at 64-98. The Giants are among seven teams Ohtani is considering signing with. It's no secret that Stanton parting ways with Miami Marlins is mutual as he's the ball and chain to the team's rebuilding aspirations. Or, possibly, they hold on to Stanton and revisit their options at the trade deadline or following the season.
Will the Astros actually have the guts to go out and make this deal?
Into that reduced fray steps the Yankees. He also made his fourth All-Star team. Unfortunately for New York, like Stanton, Ellsbury has a no-trade clause and would have to approve the deal. Like Stanton, Ellsbury has full no-trade protection. Trading him away from a prospect that may never see Busch Stadium doesn't make a lot of sense to me when he could have been a key part of a package to trade for a big star - if not Stanton they potentially somebody else. He can play poker with his no-trade clause.