The New York Yankees have one of the most talented lineups in the majors when healthy. The only problem is the “Bronx Bombers” can’t seem to keep their players on the field, especially slugger Giancarlo Stanton.
The start of spring training is supposed to be a fresh start, a new lease on life sort of speak with expectations running rampant. Yankees faithful were envisioning the tandem of Stanton and Aaron Judge terrorizing opposition pitchers while the team ran away with the American League East.
And then it happened….again….. Stanton is injured. Not only is Stanton injured but James Paxton is out for 6-8 weeks with a back injury and Luis Severino is shelved for the entire campaign after undergoing Tommy John surgery.
The 30-year old Stanton is nursing a Grade 1 calf strain that could in all likelihood keep him out of action until after Opening Day. This after the man affectionately known as “Bigfoot” only saw action in 18 games last season.
Stanton was diagnosed with a laundry list of ailments that kept him out of action including but not limited to a left biceps strain, a left shoulder strain, a calf strain, and a PCL strain in his right knee.
Oh did I mention, that Stanton still has eight years remaining on his astronomical contract counting this season. Those aren’t exactly eight team-friendly years either, the oft-injured slugger will earn anywhere from $25 to $32 million totaling $244 million big ones.
If you are into small victories, then at least the Miami Marlins will eat $30 million of the total sum leaving the damage at a respectable $214 million. Stanton also has an opt-out clause at the conclusion of the 2020 season but there is zero chance he leaves that kind of guaranteed money on the table.
Is it time for the Yankees to cut bait with Stanton and salvage whatever money the Yankees can in a potential deal. Good luck finding a suitor unless Stanton can remain on the field and channel his inner 2017.
Oh well, it could be worse Yankees fans, you could be the Astros.