The Yankees’ recent acquisition of behemoth slugger Giancarlo Stanton in a blockbuster trade with the Miami Marlins has already made New York a legitimate World Series contender for the 2018 season. But what if the reigning National League MVP’s tenure in pinstripes lasts just one year? According to a source that spoke with Boston Globe insider Nick Cafardo, the Yankees may not envision Stanton in their long-term plans. Instead, next winter, they could attempt to move the 28-year-old outfielder to his home state of California in a mega deal with the Los Angeles Dodgers. But, that’s not all. In lieu of Stanton in the lineup, the Yankees would then pursue Washington Nationals’ slugger Bryce Harper, who is eligible for free agency after the 2018 campaign. Per Cafardo, in his recent Sunday Baseball Notes column: You hear a lot of stuff at the Winter Meetings. Here’s one rumor told to me by a longtime, major force in the baseball world. It involves the Yankees and Giancarlo Stanton. The story goes that after 2018, the Yankees deal Stanton to the Dodgers and sign Bryce Harper. Your first reaction is, “Wow! Never happen.” Then you start to think about it. Stanton is an LA kid. The Dodgers didn’t have great interest in Stanton this offseason, but perhaps by the end of next year? The Yankees have always coveted Harper and his lefthanded stroke at Yankee Stadium. It starts to make more sense, doesn’t it? Before Stanton waived a full no-trade clause in his contract (10-years, $285 million remaining) to join the Yankees, three other clubs (the Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros) were reportedly in the mix as potential suitors for him.
Could Yankees trade Giancarlo Stanton after 2018 to ink Bryce Harper?
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