By Terry Cushman – @cushmanMLB
Don’t get me wrong, it is not ideal. But you have to look at the big picture. The Yankees will be getting TERRIBLE value.
If the Yankees trade for Giancarlo Stanton, their payroll will skyrocket for at least the next three years. Which will hinder their ability to spend in other areas. They will have to give up at least one or two top prospects. And ONLY have him for possibly just three years.
The notion that “the Yankees can spend as much money as they want,” is true. But the financial penalties are very severe, as will be their draft positioning. GM Brian Cashman has said repeatedly this winter that they want their payroll no higher than $180M because they have been getting KILLED by penalties. Acquiring him will have long term consequences.
The Red Sox would pursuit of J.D. Martinez would become more of a certainty than it was 48hrs ago, and an appropriate counter move. By signing him, Boston will have a perennial 40 home run threat for less money, and an extra year or two longer than Stanton could possibly be controllable for. Most importantly of all, Boston would retain all of their prospects and keep their depth. This keeps the Red Sox competitive for the short AND long term. Only smart Red Sox fans will understand this.
It is NOT Dave Dombrowski’s fault if Stanton lands in New York. If the Yankees want to fleece themselves, let them. There is far better value elsewhere. Dombrowski should not allow all of this hysteria affect his decision making. Especially if they’re impulse or reactionary decisions. Those are the worst kind.
Boston needs to stay the course, and we need to keep the faith.
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