After more than a week of the Cardinals and Giants unsuccessfully trying to persuade the reigning NL MVP to break arrangements with the Marlins, the Yankees swept in at the last second and finally got the thumbs-up.
New York’s challenge coming into this trade was, unusually for the Yankees, a payroll issue.
The team would very much like to get around the luxury-tax because of some executive rules that are way to complicated, and have not been clearly explained to the public yet.
However, the Yankees figured out how to avoid this obstacle by sending Starlin Castro and his $10 million 2018 salary to Miami, resulting in just a $15 million boost to the payroll next season.
This leaves the Yankees some room to do other things this offseason.
With the two biggest and strongest power hitters in the league (Aaron Judge, Giancarlo Stanton), the Yankees are in a pretty good shape for next season. This is without having made any other trades, so who knows what they are coming up with next.
Watch out MLB, because the Pinstripes are back at it again.