Giancarlo Stanton Knows How to Play Hardball
Derek Jeter's been in countless situations during his baseball career.
But he's never been in a staredown.
Dude's in one now, big time.
Seems like they're amateurs at tells in high-stakes deals, too.
Stanton virtually dared them to keep him on the payroll after rejecting trade overtures from the St Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants, no matter how much sense at least one of them mighta made.
Ironically, former Cardinal Matt Holliday made an impressive and impassioned argument to Stanton on behalf of St Louis.
Now, it seems he could be who Stanton's replacing on the New York Yankees.
This, of course, is making Jeter look like an idiot.
- He put one of baseball's marquée players out there,
- Never bothered to get Stanton's input before doing so,
- Watched not one but two deals he negotiated blow up in his face, and now
- The Yankees or any of the other teams on Stanton's wish list hold all the cards.
Good luck with that.
Stanton's called Jeter's bluff on keeping him and his salary on Miami's books. That was never an option.
The Cardinals and Giants were willing to absorb most of Stanton's contract as well as shipping regulars under team control and top prospects to the Marlins.
That won't be happening with the Bombers or any of the other four if they ever express an interest.
Unless Stanton shocks everyone and reverses course on the Cardinals' or Giants' deals, Jeter's totally botched this situation.
Seems he's not even good yet at being Jeffrey Loria Lite.