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Jonathan Holder has a realistic shot of making the All-Star team

Middle relievers have only recently started receiving universal recognition for their individual performance in Major League Baseball, due to the new age of numbers in the sport. Saves are no longer the all-telling, ultimate stat about a reliever’s success and WAR, ERA+, and other metrics have opened the eyes of fans on just how valuable it is for a team to have dominant relievers outside of the ninth inning role. Their widely agreed on importance has led to a lot of non-closer relievers making the All-Star team in recent seasons. The American League squad had two of them in 2017 and 2015, and a whopping four in 2016. If this trend continues, the AL should feature at least one or two non-closer relievers, and possibly more, with the scarcity of lockdown closers in the AL in 2018. The Yankees feature a lot of highly talented middle relievers and the pitcher who has surprised everyone the most, Jonathan Holder, has a very realistic shot of cracking the AL All-Star squad.

MLB trade rumors: Giancarlo Stanton would accept trade to Yankees

To what should not be the surprise of anyone, Giancarlo Stanton announced four teams that he would accept a trade to, which included the New York Yankees. He also listed the Chicago Cubs, Los Angeles Dodgers, and the World Series champion Houston Astros as the other teams he’d accept a possible trade to. Stanton has been made available by the Derek Jeter-led Marlins front office, in large part due to his monstrous contract.

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Many Yankee fans were ecstatic about this news, but it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone. It’s still pretty unlikely that the Yankees part ways with the farm system they’ve worked so hard to bolster for an outfielder with this kind of contract and talks between the two teams haven’t heated up, although the Yanks are reportedly "kicking the tires" on talks with the Marlins. Whether you think they should go after him or not though, it’s hard to deny how fun it would be to see Giancarlo Stanton and Aaron Judge in the same lineup together. The Marlins outfielder went on a historic run in the second half of the season, ending up with a league-leading 59 homers while earning NL MVP honors. Stanton added 132 RBIs, a slash line of .284/.376/.631, and a WAR of 7.6.

This is certainly a step in the right direction towards the dream of Giancarlo Stanton being a Yankee, but there’s still a long ways to go. Stanton’s impact would be huge and would likely make the Yankees the 2018 AL favorite over the Astros. Stay tuned to BBB for any more offseason updates revolving the Yanks!

Article by: Spencer Schultz