Giancarlo Stanton Introduced by Yankees, Excited to Play with Aaron Judge

Timothy Rapp@@TRappaRTFeatured ColumnistDecember 11, 2017

Miami Marlins' Giancarlo Stanton talks after winning the National League Hank Aaron Award at baseball's World Series Wednesday, Oct. 25, 2017, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Alex Gallardo)
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The New York Yankees introduced new slugger Giancarlo Stanton in a press conference Monday afternoon, and Stanton made it clear he was happy to be in New York.

"I gave them the teams I wanted," he said of his conversations with the Miami Marlins after he requested a trade, per Mark Feinsand of MLB.com. "New York was definitely at the top of the list."

He also expressed his excitement for getting the opportunity to play with fellow slugger Aaron Judge:

Stanton also confirmed that he was willing to play multiple positions for the team, according to Andrew Marchand of ESPN. Because Judge and Stanton both play in right field, there was some potential positional conflict there, but Stanton said he was willing to serve as a designated hitter or play elsewhere.

General manager Brian Cashman, per Bryan Hoch of MLB.com, broke down how the team might handle that situation: 

Stanton's goal is clear, regardless of position.

"I want to make this team better," he noted, per Feinsand.

It's hard to imagine he won't make an already scary Yankees lineup all the more dangerous. The defending NL MVP hit .281 with 59 homers and 132 RBI in 2017, while Judge was an AL MVP candidate after hitting .284 with 52 dingers and 114 RBI. Add in position players like Gary Sanchez and Didi Gregorius, and the Yankees have a superb core to build around. 

That's a scary proposition, and Stanton was very clear that he was excited to begin the Yankees era of his career, according to Hoch:

There were two sides to his excitement, however. Stanton didn't mince his words when discussing his former organization, the Miami Marlins, encouraging Miami fans to "Watch from afar if you're going to watch," per Brendan Kuty of NJ.com.

He added that, "You guys in the media have seen how it goes down there. No structure. No direction," according to Andy McCullough of the Los Angeles Times.

Stanton also elaborated on the discussions he had with Miami co-owner and CEO Derek Jeter and the trade talks the Marlins engaged in with various teams around baseball, per Craig Calcaterra of NBC Sports: 

Stanton, of course, had a no-trade clause, allowing him to veto any deal. Ultimately, he was able to orchestrate a move to New York in exchange for Starlin Castro and minor leaguers Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers.

That allowed the Marlins to continue their rebuild and left the Yankees with one of the most threatening rosters in all of baseball.  

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