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2018 Pinstripe Preview: Neil Walker

After going through much of the offseason unsigned, the Yankees swooped in and signed versatile infielder Neil Walker to a one-year deal worth $4-million. Despite signing the 32-year-old veteran to a big league deal, Walker is expected to begin the season coming off the bench, and he should see time at second, third, and first base with the Bronx Bombers. Now with his fourth big league club, Walker will make to look an impact on an otherwise youthful Yankee team.

Yankees trade rumors: Yankees among eight-plus teams to have "checked in" on Giancarlo Stanton

It’s no secret that the best player in the Major Leagues that could be on the move this offseason is Marlin’s slugger Giancarlo Stanton. Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported that they Yankees are one of eight teams that have had contact with the Marlins about Stanton. Heyman reported that the brief talks were “initiated by the Miami” but that the Yankees “at least not at this point” are serious contenders for Stanton. 
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A few months ago, I wrote a piece about the benefits of a possible trade for Stanton. While having Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton in the same lineup would be absolutely unbelievable to think about, it wouldn’t come at a very low expense. (I mean seriously could you imagine Judge and Stanton in the same lineup?) The Yankees could technically afford Stanton, but owner Hal Steinbrenner has said on multiple occasions that he would like Brian Cashman to get this payroll under the $197 million luxury tax.

The only reason the Marlins would want to move Stanton is to shed payroll, because there isn’t a team in the world who has no use for this guy. In 2017, Stanton hit .281 with a whopping 59 homers and 132 RBI. Stanton just turned 28 years old, and is just entering his prime. Is he worth $295 million over the next 10 years? Probably not, but at this point, if anybody is going to be paid that much money, it’s either Mike Trout, Bryce Harper, Clayton Kershaw, or Giancarlo Stanton. 

Stanton has a full no-trade clause and recently said that he probably wouldn’t accept a trade that would send him to Boston or St. Louis. After year after year of losing, there’s no doubt that Stanton is going to want to go somewhere that he can compete for a World Series right away. While the Yankees make sense on that front, I’m not sure if the Yankees would want to pick up that contract especially if they want to contend in the Manny Machado and/or Bryce Harper sweepstakes. Granted, the Yankees do have the prospects to pull off this deal.

Article by: Noah Clement