It’s no secret that Giancarlo Stanton has been a disappointment so far in New York. This offseason Bryce Harper and Manny Machado are hitting free agency and while the New York Yankees can afford either one with Stanton under contract, it would make things a lot easier with more available payroll. Besides what about future extensions for Aaron Judge and Luis Severino?

It’s very likely that Stanton just can’t adjust to the pressure of playing in New York, and may be better off going to the team that he really wanted to be traded to: The Los Angeles Dodgers. LA’s outfield is currently a patchwork of question marks: Matt Kemp is riding a BABIP that is almost 100 points higher than average and he is a liability in the field, Cody Bellinger may not be the star that he looked to be last year, Yasiel Puig is too inconsistent and is headed for free agency after the season, Enrique Hernandez is not a starting quality player and neither is Joc Pederson, Chris Taylor is better off in that role as well. They could use an impact middle of the order hitter and Stanton is that guy. New York has a glut of outfielders with Brett Gardner, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks, Clint Frazier and Jacoby Ellsbury on top of Stanton. What New York needs however is starting pitching.

What about this trade? LA trade Alex Wood, Yasiel Puig and Logan Forsythe? This matches up New York and LA nicely salary-wise and makes sense. New York now has freed salary going forward and can use Wood in the rotation. Puig replaces Stanton until the end of the season or can be flipped, Forsythe can be flipped as well. LA replaces Puig (who they probably won’t re-sign anyway) with Stanton, get rid of Forsythe and trade Wood, who with their surplus of starters they can definitely spare in my opinion.

LA’s rotation and lineup/batting order would then look like this:

Clayton Kershaw

Rich Hill

Ross Stripling

Kenta Maeda

Walker Buehler/Hyun-Jin Ryu

SS Chris Taylor

1B Max Muncy

3B Justin Turner

RF Giancarlo Stanton

LF Matt Kemp

CF Cody Bellinger

C Yasmani Grandal

2B Enrique Hernandez


New York’s rotation and batting order/lineup:

Luis Severino

Masahiro Tanaka

Alex Wood

CC Sabathia

Sonny Gray

LF Brett Gardner

RF Aaron Judge

SS Didi Gregorius

C Gary Sanchez

2B Gleyber Torres

3B Miguel Andujar

RF Yasiel Puig

1B Greg Bird

CF Aaron Hicks

NOTE: this article was written before Stanton’s home run on June 20.

What do you think about this trade? Let me know in the comments and on Twitter @NeilfromNYC


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