With their objectives seemingly at odds, the Marlins and Giancarlo Stanton formally parted ways on Monday with the announcement that the reigning National League Most Valuable Player Award winner was dealt to the Yankees for Starlin Castro and two prospects.
The opportunities to meet Marlins manager Don Mattingly or throw the ceremonial first pitch at Marlins Park are up for grabs in the annual Winter Meetings auction.
The Winter Meetings traditionally are where big deals take place, but the Marlins made their biggest splash leading into MLB’s showcase offseason event.
Former Yankees star and current Marlins manager Don Mattingly was among the 10 players considered for the Hall of Fame on the 2018 Modern Baseball Era ballot, the results of which were released Sunday night at the Winter Meetings.
After negotiating into the early hours on Saturday, the Marlins have reached tentative agreement on a deal that will send National League Most Valuable Player Award winner Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees.
As the finishing touches are being made on a trade that will send four-time All-Star outfielder Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, the Marlins are now positioned to go full steam into their plan to build their organization from the bottom up.
“All In” became the mantra of the Marlins at the 2011 Winter Meetings, and the organization backed it up by going on the busiest three-day free-agent spending spree in franchise history.
Dee Gordon, the Marlins’ speedy leadoff batter who paced the Majors with 60 stolen bases this year, on Thursday was dealt to the Mariners for Minor League right-handers Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres. The Marlins also included international bonus pool money, which MLB.com confirmed to be $1 million, in the trade.
The Marlins made a major trade on Thursday, but it didn’t involve Giancarlo Stanton. With the industry waiting to see if and when the National League MVP will be dealt, Miami sent two-time All-Star Dee Gordon to the Mariners for three prospects.
According to MLB Network insider Ken Rosenthal, Giancarlo Stanton does not wish to play for the Giants or the Cardinals. The Giants were believed to be a frontrunner for the Marlins slugger.
All eyes will be on the Marlins when they head into the Winter Meetings in Lake Buena Vista, Fla., on Monday, as they are expected to be one of the most active teams on the trade front.