The day Jeffery Loria left the Miami Marlins organization was one of the best days to be a Marlins fan. Loria won a World Series with the Marlins and then dumped the team trading away some of their top players. Still to this day, Marlins fans talk about what could have been if the Fish had never traded away Miguel Cabrera and Dontrelle Willis. This past weekend, Derek Jeter traded away Miami’s best player Giancarlo Stanton to the New York Yankees for practically nothing. The Yankees were the clear winner in the deal and Marlins fans are wondering why Jeter gave the Yankees Giancarlo Stanton. It was a horrible deal for the Marlins and they should have gotten more for the NL MVP. Here are three reasons why the Giancarlo Stanton trade makes zero sense.
No outfielder in the deal
With Giancarlo Stanton out, the Marlins are left without a right fielder. Ichiro is the free agency and the Marlins didn’t get an outfielder in the deal. The Yankees already have a stacked outfield so why didn’t Jeter try to get their young, talented outfielders Clint Frazier. The Yankees don’t need those guys as they already have Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge and Jacoby Ellsbury. Frazier won’t start, so the Yankees probably could have given the Marlins one of their outfielders. He’s a 23 year old outfielder who was once the Yankees’ top prospect. Frazier would start at right field for the Marlins in 2018 and could develop into an All-Star. Frazier is a five tool player that is everything you want to see out of an outfielder. His best attributes is his power and arm strength. Frazier could have been the right fielder the Miami Marlins desperately need.
No Top 100 Prospects
According to MLB.com, the New York Yankees have five top 100 prospects in their farm system. How many were traded to the Marlins for the National League MVP? NONE!!!! If you’re trading the HR king, how aren’t you getting top prospects? I understand that the main component was dumping salary, but not 1 top 100 prospect? The Marlins are in dire need of pitching and the Yankees have a few good pitching prospects. The Yankees top pitching prospect, Chance Adams, should have been part of that deal. Adams would have likely ended up in the Marlins starting rotation at some point next season. Jose Guzman is a good prospect but they could have gotten better prospects for Stanton. Other pitching prospects that the Marlins should have included in the deal are Dillion Tate, Albert Abreu and Nestor Cortes.
The Yankees aren’t paying enough of Stanton’s contract
For the remaining years on Giancarlo Stanton’s contract, Stanton will earn $295 million. The Yankees have agreed to pay for $265 million of his contract leaving the Marlins with the rest. Once again, the Marlins got robbed. If the Yankees aren’t going to give Miami any top prospects, then they should have made for more of Stanton’s contract. Starlin Castro is a good player and will start for the Marlins at second base but the other two prospects aren’t all that good. The St. Louis Cardinals were reportedly going to pay all of Stanton’s contract and give the Fish top prospects. The Marlins are now left to pay $30 million of Stanton’s contract and he won’t even be a Marlin. We’re all going to look back this deal ten years from now and talk about how Jeter gave is former team a Hall of Famer for practically nothing.