Nope, I surely didn’t. But many people had their hopes high. I hate to see anyone’s dreams dashed but we should all be realistic here. The Giancarlo Stanton saga has finally ended with the voltron like slugger heading to the New York Yankees in exchange for Starlin Castro and a couple of prospects. The Yankees will send the Marlins some cash as well to offset expenses. This now gives the Yankees a lineup with Aaron Judge, Stanton, and Gary Sanchez. I’m surprised I didn’t see this coming. Of course he went to the Damned Yankees. The Marlins are owned by a group led by Derek Jeter.
I’ll get to how this relates to the Dodgers in a minute here but we should probably take some time to look at a couple of things. First of all Stanton had the Marlins by the balls and everyone knew it. He was holding all the cards. With a full no-trade clause and a list of teams he would approve about as big as Clayton Kershaw’s Earned run average (that’s not very big), the Fish were in no position to be arguing with him. This means that Marlin’s fans will have to endure several years of unwatchable baseball as their club rebuilds.
I feel sorry for them to be honest. However this is how the Astros and Cubs rebuilt. They tanked for years and that’s what the Marlins are going to have to do in order to build a contending club again. The truth is that baseball really doesn’t give a crap about small market clubs. The rich get richer and the poor remain poor. Oh sure I say that while snickering since the Dodgers are the richest team in baseball, but nobody cares about poor teams in small markets. It’s a stark reality for teams like the Marlins and they simply are unable to compete in this modern era baseball landscape.
Source: #Dodgers were Stanton's 1st choice, but never made offer that intrigued #Marlins because it involved eating more bad contracts or Stanton $ than Mia comfortable with. #Yankees were Stanton's 2d choice and that Castro is a real player was important to Mia to keep or move.
— Joel Sherman (@Joelsherman1) December 9, 2017
As for the Dodgers well let’s look on the bright side of this. Stanton didn’t go to the Cubs, Nationals, or divisional foes like the Giants or Dbacks. The Dodgers only play the Yankees once every three years so they won’t see Stanton unless they play the Yanks in the World Series. I’m fine with that. I’m always more concerned with National League opponents then American League opponents. You should be too. Be thankful he went to the Yankees as disgusting as that sounds.
The Dodgers weren’t going to take on Stanton’s massive salary obligations anyways. Not that they couldn’t afford him. They just didn’t want to add an additional 295 million dollars over the next several years. According to Joel Sherman the Dodgers tried to get the Fish to take some of their larger contracts off their hands to offset some of the expense of Stanton’s massive contract. The Fish didn’t want to take on Adrian Gonzalez’s contract, or Scott Kazmir’s remaining money. So the two teams couldn’t make a deal work.
I’m ok with that. It’s hard to figure out what the Dodgers should do. A team that won the National League pennant, 104 games and lost in the final game of the World Series probably doesn’t need any kind of roster shakeup. Needed improvements are incremental. I’m assuming the Dodgers will bring back everyone (or mostly everyone) and try it again next year with much of the same roster intact.
Look Stanton would have been a great upgrade to the starting lineup. I would love to add another 50 home runs to the Dodger’s lineup. The Dodgers are already a team that hit 221 homers and scored 770 runs during the regular season. I think the Dodgers will be ok.
Remember that Clayton Kershaw can opt out of his contract after the 2018 season. The Dodgers might have to rework his contract. As rich as the Dodgers are they probably didn’t want to add all of that extra payroll. You know how this front office works by now. They’re not into giving out huge contracts via free agency, nor are they privy to adding large amounts of cash to the payroll. They love cheap, young cost controlled players. That doesn’t mean that they didn’t try to make it work. They tried, and it just didn’t fit into their plans financially.
The Dodgers did not get Giancarlo Stanton, and you know what? That’s probably ok.