About ten years ago, Minnesota Timberwolves Vice President and former Boston Celtic great Kevin McHale, gifted Kevin Garnett to the Boston Celtics.
Back then there was some noise about it, but social media being what it is now and the New York Yankees being involved this time and being “the evil empire” and all, this Giancarlo Stanton trade is drumming up a lot of conspiracy talk.
Yes, Derek Jeter, part owner of the Miami Marlins, is a Yankee icon who just traded the 2017 NL MVP to his former team. And many think there is something fishy about that. (Sorry, I had to.)
Sorry to inject some reasoning and get in the way of a good conspiracy but let’s look at some of the factors that existed prior to and brought about this trade…
- The Miami Marlins were financially challenged before and after Jeter’s ownership group took over the team.
- The Marlins have had two “fire sales” prior to Jeter’s arrival and it was considered a possibility there would be a third regardless of who the new owner was.
- Stanton has a monster contract and was likely to be traded under this scenario.
- Are conspiracy theorists suggesting that for years the Marlins were intentionally losing money, had two fire sales so they could sell the team and set up a third and not look suspicious? I didn’t think so.
However, Miami homer, The Dan Le Batard show tweeted:
This sounds asinine. MLB didn’t plan for the Marlins fiscal woes or for Jeter coming in with a competitive group to buy. Jeter may not be Michael Jordan, but to many, he was the face of baseball for a long time. MLB saw the opportunity to place the face of the game, and a minority, into ownership, that is a good thing. It doesn’t mean he’ll do a good job, but it explains why they would want him.
Questions and Speculation:
- Did the Yankees or Jeter give Stanton a no trade clause in his contract?
- Didn’t Derek Jeter complete deals in principal with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants? Was this a ruse? Were the Cardinals and Giants in on “the conspiracy” or were they patsies?
- Did the Yankees or Jeter determine which teams would be on Stanton’s approved list?
- Were the Los Angeles Dodgers Stanton’s first choice? and did the Yankees or Jeter know what offer LA would or would not make?
- Was Stanton lying about LA being his dream team to play for having grown up in Los Angeles, and being a Dodger fan just to throw us off the track and conspire to join the Yankees?
- Was Derek Jeter’s last contract with the Yankees contentious?… Yes it was.
- Was there a reported frost between Jeter, and Yankee GM Brian Cashman, who told Jeter to shop the Yankee offer and take it or leave it? Apparently so.
- Even after making over 200 million from the Yankees Jeter was looking to get every last dime on his last contract.
- Is Jeter one of the most competitive athletes to play in any sport?
- Is Jeter likely to take a lesser deal from the Yankees both in terms of talent and money saved, which his franchise is desperate for?
- Do you think Jeter wants to succeed as an owner?
- Would he intentionally take a lesser deal from the Yankees and Cashman, then he could get elsewhere?
- Have the Yankees been setting themselves up for years to reset the penalty fees they pay, in part to sign Bryce Harper at the end of 2018? Okay I can understand some skepticism on this one. But if the Yankees weren’t serious about this, then why did they trade for Sonny Gray this past season at the trade deadline and not Justin Verlander or Yu Darvish? Why not both?
- Did the Yankees have a need for, and could Jeter have anticipated, Yankee interest in Stanton? Nope. Not with Judge and their loaded farm system, and their need for starting pitching.
Is this a bad deal for Marlin fans? You bet. It sucks. And while this deal fell into the Yankees lap (ergo not planned, not a conspiracy), and looks great today, it may bite them, (especially if this deal comes at the expense of shoring up their pitching) like many long-term big money contracts have.
I’ve been against these long-term deals for a while. I was fine with Yanks not matching Seattle and letting Robinson Cano walk. And wrote this in 2011 about why St. Louis should not resign Albert Pujols, and how most long-term deals don’t work out.
I’m sure talk radio, the twitter mob, and usual suspects who like to hate on the Yankees will gin up the conspiracy talk, but when considering the above, it just doesn’t add up.
By all means continue to hate and or root against the evil empire if you will, just not over a conspiracy theory that isn’t.