Why Giancarlo Stanton Trade Would Be the Perfect Way to Fix Yankees' Old Lineup

Joel ReuterFeatured ColumnistNovember 15, 2012

MIAMI, FL - SEPTEMBER 29:  Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins follows through his home run against the Philadelphia Phillies  at Marlins Park on September 29, 2012 in Miami, Florida.  (Photo by Jason Arnold/Getty Images)
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The Marlins effectively gutted their roster in their blockbuster trade with the Blue Jays, unloading roughly $150 million in dealing Jose Reyes, Josh Johnson, Mark Buehrle, Emilio Bonifacio and John Buck.

They may not be done either, as according to a tweet from Joe Capozzi of The Palm Beach Post, the team is also shopping 1B/OF Logan Morrison and SP Ricky Nolasco who should both have plenty of trade value.

One player who the team does not intend to trade at this time is All-Star right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (h/t MLBBlogs Network), but given his reaction on Twitter following the trades it's clear he's at least disillusioned in Miami.


Alright, I'm pissed off!!! Plain & Simple

— Giancarlo Stanton (@Giancarlo818) November 13, 2012


Should the Marlins change their tune and make him available, one would have to imagine that all 29 other teams would have some level of interest in acquiring a 23-year-old with 93 career home runs and perhaps the best raw power in all of baseball.

With that in mind, one team that would be a very interesting fit for Stanton would be the Yankees, who are searching for answers offensively after hitting .157 and scoring just six runs in four games against the Tigers in an ALCS sweep.

The Yankees' age has no doubt begun to catch up with them, and outside of Robinson Cano the team lacks a truly elite hitter in their lineup at this point.

Derek Jeter had a great season in 2012, but at 38 he can't be expected to repeat those numbers. Mark Teixeira and Curtis Granderson have become all-or-nothing home run hitters, Alex Rodriguez is a shell of what he once was and the team has holes to fill in right field and at catcher.

Cano and catcher Russell Martin, both 29, were the only starters under 29 years old last season and while the team has a deeper farm system than they have in past seasons much of their talent is still in the lower minors.

Catcher Gary Sanchez, third baseman Dante Bichette Jr and outfielders Mason Williams and Tyler Austin represent the future of the Yankees lineup, but none of them will be ready until 2014 at the earliest.

The Yankees can certainly look to address their offense on the free agent market, but with the organization looking to stay under the salary tax threshold they may realize that adding more high-priced veterans to the mix is not the answer to turning things around.

For the first time in years, the Yankees can't simply throw money at their problems. They need to begin more substantial re-tooling of their organization, and while it may mean giving up some of the aforementioned prospects, adding Stanton would be a huge step towards future success.

Under team control through 2016 and not even arbitration-eligible until after this coming season, Stanton would give the Yankees a superstar slugger to usher in the next era of Yankees teams and would make any rebuilding that may take place go that much more smoothly.

All of this is purely hypothetical, as the Marlins may very well hold firm to their stance on keeping Stanton, and even if he was made available there are a number of teams who could likely put together better trade packages than the Yankees if they wanted to. However, there is no denying that adding Stanton would go a long way towards helping the Yankees offense in 2013 and long into the future.