After vetoing trades in place with the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants via his no-trade clause, Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton accepted a deal that will send him (and $30 million of the $295 million in salary owed to him over the next decade) to the Yanks for a laughable fee: infielder Starlin Castro and two far-off minor leaguers in low-A righty Jorge Guzman and infielder Jose Devers, who turned 18 on Thursday.
Whether or not Jeter deserves credit for steering his team’s prized outfielder to the team he won five World Series with, Yankees Twitter was ready to give it to him.
[extremely life-long Yankees fan voice] Jeetah
— ☕netw3rk (@netw3rk) December 9, 2017
Yankees didn’t get Ohtani the offseason is a total bust…OH MY GOD HERE COMES JETER OUTTA NOWHERE pic.twitter.com/2aEJKse64r
— Joseph Flynn (@ChinaJoeFlynn) December 9, 2017
“I don’t want to play for the #Yankees ”
“Get outta the way kid… I DO” pic.twitter.com/KDnGjLStL3
— NYK-NYJ-NYY-4life (@knicksjets4life) December 9, 2017
Non-Yankees fans, however, thought the Marlins trade was fishy.
A quick recap: Jeter bought the Marlins using mostly other people’s money, completely gutted them, pushed out a bunch of longtime employees, and traded their once-in-a-Generation player to the Yankees.
— Bill Simmons (@BillSimmons) December 9, 2017
Baseball teaming up with Jeter to give him a baseball team – and Jeter turning around and trading the MVP to his old team while screwing South Florida — feels like Wall Street fraud
— Dan Le Batard Show (@LeBatardShow) December 9, 2017
Amended Derek Jeter #Yankees resume:
2001, Mr. November
2017, Mr. December
— Rich Eisen (@richeisen) December 9, 2017
BREAKING: Derek Jeter sells Marlins, buys Angels, trades Mike Trout to Yankees for Brett Gardner and a hot dog. #Stanton
— Chris D’Orso (@cdorso) December 9, 2017
The greatest trick Derek Jeter ever pulled was convincing the Marlins he wasn’t working for the Yankees
— Igor Shteyrenberg (@igor_s__) December 9, 2017
In Jeter’s defense: Because of Stanton’s no-trade clause, given to him before the former Yankees shortstop‘s arrival, Miami had very little leverage. The outfielder, masher of a majors-leading 59 homers and 132 RBI, had already rejected two locales, severely limiting the Marlins front office’s options.
Still, fair or not, it’s not the best look.