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Marlins agree to trade Giancarlo Stanton to Yankees

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Giancarlo Stanton may soon be wearing pinstripes.

Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reports that the Marlins have agreed to a deal that would send Stanton to the Yankees. The deal is still pending Stanton’s approval, as he has a no-trade clause. Stanton recently vetoed deals with the Giants and Cardinals and told the Marlins’ brass that he would only approve trades to four clubs, the Yankees, Dodgers, Astros or Cubs. Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic reports that Stanton is expected to approve the deal.

Starlin Castro is the only major leaguer heading back to Miami in the deal along with what Sherman calls several “good but not top prospects.” Castro is being included to offset some of Stanton’s salary. He has two years and $22.7 million remaining on his contract, as well as a club option for $16 million for 2020. Stanton, of course, is owed $295 million over the next decade, though he can opt-out of his deal after 2020.

With Castro is moved, it’s possible that Yankees’ top prospect Gleyber Torres could begin the year as the starting second baseman. It’s also the case that new Yankees manager Aaron Boone will have to figure out how to juggle Stanton, Aaron Judge, Aaron Hicks and Brett Gardner through three outfield positions and the DH slot, but that’s a nice problem to have. No matter how it shakes out, the Yankees lineup will be terrifying.

We’ll have much, much more on this as details come out and the story continues to develop.

Ronald Acuna tops Keith Law’s top-100 prospect list

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ESPN’s Keith Law has released his annual top-100 prospects list. According to Law, Braves outfielder Ronald Acuna is the number one prospect in baseball.

After blazing through High-A and Double-A ball last season, Acuna was the youngest player in Triple-A in 2017. He was 19 years-old all season long and put up a fantastic line of .335/.384/.534 in 486 plate appearances at Double and Triple-A. He then went on to star in the Arizona Fall League, leading that circuit in homers. Law, who is not one to throw hyperbolic comps around, says, “if Acuna stays in center and maxes out his power, he’s going to be among the best players in baseball, with a Mike Trout-ish profile.”

Acuna, who is 20 now, is likely play the bulk of the season in Atlanta, even if he’s kept down at Triple-A for the first couple of weeks of the season to manipulate his service time, er, I mean to allow him to develop his skills more fully. Or something. Given the presence of reigning Gold Glove center fielder Ender Inciarte, Acuna is not likely to man center for the Braves this year, but Law says he’d be a plus right field defender, which could make the Braves outfield Death to Flying Things in 2018. At least when Nick Markakis is not playing.

Number two on the list: Blue Jays third base prospect Vladimir Guerrero Jr. As law notes, the name may be familiar but he’s not very much like his old man. Mostly because young Vlad can take a walk. Which is better, even if it’s nowhere near as fun as swinging at balls that bounce in the dirt first.

For the other 98, you’ll have to click through.