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Yankees nearing deal to acquire Giancarlo Stanton from Marlins

The New York Yankees and Miami Marlins have agreed to a trade that would send reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton to the Bronx, according to ESPN and multiple reports Saturday.

The trade has yet to become official, as Stanton must still agree to the terms as stipulated by his no-trade clause and pass a physical.

Yankees infielder Starlin Castro would go to Miami as part of the deal, a source confirmed to ESPN after it was first reported by The Associated Press. New York would also send prospects Jorge Guzman and Jose Devers to the Marlins in the trade, according to multiple reports and first reported by the New York Post.

Stanton, 28, is owed $295 million over the next 10 years. The Yankees would be on the hook for $265 million of that, with the Marlins kicking in $30 million as part of the deal, according to multiple reports and first reported by The Athletic.

Stanton has the right to opt out of his contract and become a free agent after receiving $77 million over the next three seasons.

Talks between the Yankees and Marlins, whose new CEO is former Yankees captain Derek Jeter, picked up Friday after the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants both released statements saying Stanton would not waive his no-trade clause for those teams.

The Yankees had thought that any deal for Stanton was completely out of the question, given their luxury-tax concerns and the early demands of the Marlins, but other teams dropping out led New York and Miami to re-engage in talks earlier this week.

Stanton, just the sixth player to win the MVP award while playing for a losing team, led the majors this past season in home runs (59), RBIs (132), extra-base hits (91) and slugging percentage (.631), each of which set a Marlins single-season record, according to ESPN Stats & Information.

His 59 home runs were the most in the majors since 2001, when Barry Bonds hit a record 73 and Sammy Sosa had 64.

If Stanton agrees to the deal, he would join sluggers Aaron Judge, who led the American League with 52 home runs last season, and Gary Sanchez, who hit 33, in the Yankees’ lineup for new manager Aaron Boone.

In his eight seasons with the Marlins, Stanton, a career .268 hitter, has belted 267 home runs and has 672 RBIs. He has never played on a winning team; the Yankees reached Game 7 of the American League Championship Series last season.

The four-time All-Star selection was the 76th player taken in the 2007 draft. Of those taken before him, 21 have played fewer than 100 games in the majors and 27 never made a big league debut.

Credit: ESPN

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