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Trading Giancarlo Stanton might actually be impossible for the Yankees

Remember when we were wondering a few weeks ago if the New York Yankees would trade Giancarlo Stanton this offseason to allow more flexibility to keep Aaron Judge and add better figures around him?

Well, it’s our fault that we wonder and then forget a very important detail that could make this possibility almost impossible.

Stanton has a no trade clause! He would have to approve every deal the Yankees had on the table… if the Yankees could even get one.

You see, Chris Kirschner from the athlete (subscription required) reminded us of a very important tidbit from 2017 when the Marlins were about to trade the reigning NL MVP. Stanton is said to have announced at the time that he would only agree to a move to the Astros, Dodgers, Cubs or Yankees.

For starters, the Astros are not currently doing this trade. Neither do the Dodgers, who have their own salary problems because of more important upgrades on the horizon. And the Cubs are back on Earth, so there’s no reason for Stanton to green-light Chicago.

Obviously, it’s possible that other contenders have emerged as attractive landing spots for Stanton in modern times… but who would they be? The guards don’t do this. The Mariners don’t do that. The Blue Jays, Braves, Mets, Phillies, and Cardinals probably aren’t either. The only possibility removed is the San Francisco Giants, who were also removed in 2017.

Turns out…the Yankees probably can’t trade Giancarlo Stanton

Caught in the DH reel until 2027, enjoy! Another charge against general manager Brian Cashman, who chose to instead inherit Stanton’s $325 million contract that saw him through his 38-year season rather than wait another year to join either Manny Machado or Bryce Harper fetch, both of whom were younger and had fewer injury concerns. Or, you know, Cashman could have just added one of them in addition to Stanton! But he did not do it.

Now, after being hampered again with injuries in 2022, Stanton finished his career with the worst numbers in OPS (.759), OPS+ (113) and strikeout rate (30.3%), showing again that he doesn’t defend regularly , it’s hard to believe anyone would be willing to absorb the remaining five years and $130 million on their deal (actually, it’s $160 million, but the Marlins are paying the Yankees $30 million). That’s a $26 million AAV, which isn’t a bad achievement, but it’s not exactly a bargain.

Whether or not this was considered by the Yankees, it’s important for fans to know that it probably isn’t feasible anyway, as we know some were hoping for it. As affable and responsible as Stanton is, he hampers that lineup with his inability to play defense, leaving many fans wondering what might have been if he hadn’t missed 260 games since 2018.

Again not his fault. He had a well-documented injury history that the Yankees appeared to ignore. For those still frustrated with Stanton — and others like Isiah Kiner-Falefa — it’s time to direct that anger at the front office, which pulled through with these decisions despite the myriad warning signs.

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