Here’s why Giancarlo Stanton to the Yankees works

MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 25: Giancarlo Stanton
MIAMI, FL - AUGUST 25: Giancarlo Stanton /
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NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 16: Aaron Judge
NEW YORK, NY – OCTOBER 16: Aaron Judge /

Stanton works in the outfield

There’s no question, Stanton will remain in right field. His arm strength is on par, if not greater than Judge’s. Stanton is also very good at tracking down a ball down in the gap due to his quick first step. Besides, at this stage in his career, Stanton isn’t ready to assume a full-time DH role.

In regards to Judge, it’s amazing to think he’s just as skilled defensively as he is at the plate. There’s no doubt in my mind; the Gold Glove nominee will seamlessly transition to left field.

While it remains to be seen if he’ll do the type of things Brett Gardner has gotten us accustomed to on the warning track of Yankee Stadium, Judge has all the attributes to unseat Alex Gordon for next season’s top left field honors.

Gardner, the beloved 10-year veteran isn’t going anywhere just yet. Remember, this a 34-year-old that not only hit 21 home runs in ’17 but was also the most consistent producer come the postseason.

One of the few remaining clubhouse leaders, first-year manager Aaron Boone has the luxury of rotating Gardner and Aaron Hicks between center field and designated hitter. We’ve already seen Hicks’ penchant for visiting the disabled list.

Entering his second year of arbitration, Hicks will likely see a raise from the $1.35 million he made in ’17. A low-cost, high-output type player is exactly what the Yanks need to offset some of their other high-costs.

Still only 28, Hicks may very well be the starting center fielder come opening day 2019. However, if Clint Frazier isn’t dealt this winter for a frontline starting pitcher, he too will be itching for a chance to prove himself as an everyday player.

Frazier did show glimmers of what makes him so special during his brief 39-game debut this past season.

The Yankees avoided trading No. 3 prospect Estevan Florial, who scouts have raved over as a legitimate 5-tool player. Set to begin ’18 at Double-A Trenton, the Yanks can take their time grooming the 20-year-old blossoming star.

It’s an abundance of riches for Yankees right now. One that should come with a warning sign: that you can never have too much talent.