MVP Stanton reportedly headed to Yankees

Giancarlo Stanton puts on pinstripes for the first time

Giancarlo Stanton puts on pinstripes for the first time

It would be hard to argue the New York Yankees needed Giancarlo Stanton, the towering, slugging outfielder whose onerous contract the Miami Marlins were shopping around this winter.

But Stanton, 28, whose record-setting $325 million deal signed with the Marlins in 2014 contains a full no-trade clause, had the Yankees on a very short list of teams to whom he would approve a trade.

Of course, New York's trade for Stanton could set off a series of moves. The trade sending Stanton to the Yankees for Starlin Castro and a couple prospects isn't official yet, but the slugger has reportedly already taken his physical and will officially don the pinstripes for the first time Monday.

With Judge and Stanton - 13 feet of muscle-bound, fastball-crushing might, and the only two players in baseball to reach 50 homers in 2017 - now sharing the same lineup, along with slugging catcher Gary Sanchez, the Yankees arguably would have more right-handed power than any team in recent history. Ozuna has reportedly drawn interest from the Athletics and Cardinals this offseason, with the latter expected to make a bigger push after losing out on Giancarlo Stanton. (Remember when the Red Sox were a destination for seemingly every player?) He wouldn't go to St. Louis or San Francisco, either, even though the Cardinals and Giants worked out deals to acquire him, leaving the Marlins with few options and enabling the Yankees to step through an open door.

Eric Hosmer and J.D. Martinez are the two top hitters on the free agent market.

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