The Marlins could have built a competitive team this winter with just a few additions, and Giancarlo Stanton knew it.
Sports Illustrated’s Ben Reiter writes in his new behind-the-scenes look at the blockbuster trade that landed Stanton in New York that Stanton attempted to convince Jeter to abandon his plan to strip the Marlins to the studs. If they just had a few more pitchers, Stanton argued, Miami could be a contender.
The man who tapped Hill on the shoulder was Brian Cashman, GM of the Yankees, and we all know what happened next.
There were plenty of free-agent pitchers on the market this winter for Stanton’s plan to work—including affordable options like Alex Cobb and Lance Lynn—but Jeter went along with the plan of slashing payroll. The core of Stanton, Gordon, Ozuna and Yelich was sold off piece by piece for prospects.