The newest member of the New York Yankees, Giancarlo Stanton, thanked the Miami fans in an Instagram post Monday but also took a jab at his former organization on the way out.
He wrote, in part, "I feel for u fans, you've stuck with me as we've shared some roller coaster years. I've always tried to be as professional as possible during the unprofessional, circus times there!"
During his introductory press conference as a Yankee on Monday, he further elaborated on those comments, per Bob Nightengale of USA Today:
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"I would say hang in there," Stanton said of Marlins fans, per Gabe Lacques of USA Today. "They're going to go through some more tough years, but I would advise them not to give up. Keep hope. Maybe watch from afar if you're going to watch."
He was also candid about his decision to pursue a trade.
"We spoke about the direction of the team," Stanton told reporters of his meetings with co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter and the organization. "I wanted us to go forward and advance with the pitching staff. I thought our lineup was legit and we needed help with our pitchers, to add and not subtract. The way they wanted to go was subtract. It's almost a guaranteed losing season to take away from that lineup."
Finally, he noted that Jeter and the Marlins attempted to strike deals with teams that weren't on Stanton's list of teams he was willing to waive his no-trade clause to join.
"I gave my list of teams prior to (trade negotiations)," he noted. "They went to San Francisco and the Cardinals and struck deals with them. I was open to listen to them, but those were not my teams. Those are great people; they were great meetings and culture there, but that just wasn't the fit for me."
Clearly, Stanton isn't the biggest fan of Miami's front office, both past iterations and the current group led by Jeter. At the very least, he didn't agree with Jeter's vision for the team's future, or at least didn't want to be a part of that process.
And it's hard to blame the 28-year-old Stanton, fresh off an NL MVP, for wanting a change of scenery.
The organization has consistently struggled during his time in Miami, and the Marlins are interested in rebuilding once again. Stanton, in his prime, seems more inclined to seek a title, and by joining an already loaded Yankees roster, his chances of winning one just increased exponentially.