The first day of the annual Winter Meetings saw the finalization of the deal to send Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees, and the discussions which went on behind the scenes in the run up to the monumental trade have been revealed. Obviously, there were a lot of questions regarding the specifics of the move, and GM Michael Hill answered them.
While Miami did not receive big name prospects in return for Stanton, new Vice President of Player Development and Scouting Gary Denbo knows New York's farm system inside-out, and he may have been able to pick out some hidden gems.
It appears that some Marlins fans may not have given CEO Derek Jeter much benefit of the doubt or time to settle in to the job; the wider media business definitely has not.
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With Stanton off the board, the biggest bat readily available is J.D. Martinez, and many of the same teams will be be battling for his services.
The same can be said for Marcell Ozuna, and the return in a trade for the outfielder would be much much higher for the Marlins than in the Stanton deal.
Jake Arrieta is arguably the best free agent pitcher on the market, and agent Scott Boras is cutting out the middle-man and pitching his client straight to team owners (probably not Jeter, though).