The Yankees and Marlins have reportedly began talking about a potential trade for Miami's star OF Giancarlo Stanton, per The Athletic's Ken Rosenthal.
Both sides have only begun talks, and multiple reports have stated they are "not close" to making anything happen soon. However, they have discussed ramifications to possibly send Stanton to New York.
Stanton, who just told the Giants and Cardinals that he won't be heading to their clubs this offseason, has named the Yankees as one of the four teams he would waive his no-trade clause for.
So, with Stanton being the easy part, it comes down to the money and what the Marlins will get in return. Stanton is owed $295 million over the next ten years, which is why the Marlins are trying to shop him. General manager Brian Cashman and owner Hal Steinbrenner have made it clear they want to try and stay under the luxury tax this season.
The next issue is who the Yankees would give up to get Stanton. They have been trying to shop veteran OF Jacoby Ellsbury, who is owed $63 million over the next three seasons, for some time. However, his contract has been an issue to get off the books.
The Yankees have yet to ask Ellsbury if he would waive his own no-trade clause to be a part of the trade, according to The Post's Joel Sherman. The Marlins, however, don't look to be too interested in biting Ellsbury's contract, according to FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman.
The Marlins do like 2B Starlin Castro's name as it has surfaced, according to MLB's Jon Morosi.
Also, the Marlins would likely want to pick from the lot of top prospects the Yankees have in their farm system. But Heyman is reporting the Yankees don't want to give up their elite prospects. That would include names like SS Gleyber Torres, OF Estevan Florial, and RHP Justus Sheffield.
Though it is stressed that nothing seems close to getting done, the Marlins would like to get a Stanton trade done by the winter meetings while they have money to still spend on other free agent targets.
Stanton has been the biggest talk of the offseason trade market given his raw power and great arm in the outfield. The 29-year-old led the league with 59 home runs and 132 RBI last season while also hitting .281.