It looks like the trade is Giancarlo Stanton and $30 million to the Yankees and Starlin Castro, Jose Devers and Jorge Guzman to the Marlins.
Castro had a pretty good 2017 season, hitting .3000/.338/.454 with 16 home runs. UZR thinks he’s a pretty crappy second baseman, giving him a -13.2 UZR/150. I guess he’ll be filling the Dee Gordon hole in the roster. He’s making $22.7 million (and change) over the next two seasons and there is a team option for 2020 at $16 million. I’d make a rather large wager that, if Castro is still with the Marlins, the option will not be picked up.
Devers isn’t on Yankees.com top 30 prospects. He’s cousin of Red Sox prospect Rafael Devers. He was signed as an international in 2016. Devers hit .245/.336/.342 splitting time between their Dominican Summer League and Gulf Coast League teams. He turned 18 on Wednesday. I don’t think he’s much of a prospect.
Guzman is number 9 on the Yankees.com prospect list. He was an international signing too, by the Astros and came to the Yankees in the Brian McCann trade. He can throw hard, write says he can hit 103 on the radar gun. Played in low-A last year, 2.30 ERA in 66.2 innings. 51 hits, 18 walks and 88 strikeouts in 13 starts. He’s 21, will be 22 in January. He’s been slow moving up the ladder, but last year was a big step forward as far a performance goes.
I’m pretty underwhelmed with what Jeter got back for the Marlins, but I guess the point was to dump salary and he did that. I can’t imagine the Marins will be doing much for attendance for the next 2 or 3 seasons.
It looks like the AL East just became a tougher place. There will be a lot of baseballs flying out of that little park in the Bronx.
There is a fair bit of sadness among Blue Jays fans on Twitter. I’ve seen a lot of people saying that we need to trade Donaldson now. I don’t know if that’s true. I don’t think you totally change you off-season because of one player added to a rival. But we’ll see how the rest of the off-season goes.
What do you think of the trade and how do you think it changes things for the Jays’ front office.