Young Eyes: Hot Stove Heat-Up I

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* From Giancarlo Stanton’s new deal, to Josh Donaldson arriving in Blue Jays land to the Boston Red Sox landing Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval … our set of Young Eyes takes a look. ….

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Hot Stove Heat-Up Recap
By Zach Swanson

November has been a crazy one in the baseball world, from the Japan Series, to Giancarlo Stanton’s mega-deal to the Toronto Blue Jays-Oakland A’s blockbuster.

And, finally, the inception of the Three Amigos (Or hurt, hurt-er and hurt-est as I like to call them).

Stanton signs mega-deal
Giancarlo Stanton, as of right now, is the highest paid professional sports player in North American sports history. Stanton, who signed a 13-year $325 million-dollar deal with his current team, the Miami Marlins, has been shown by the organization that they are committed to putting a winning line-up on the field. The deal includes a no-trade clause, but an opt out after the 6th year.

If Stanton does decide to opt out of his contract, he will be losing over $200 million dollars of his possible salary. The deal comes after a surprising season put together by the Fish, as they remained in the wild card hunt even in the dying weeks of the season.josh donaldson

The young talent of the Marlins, with Adeiny Hechavarria, Donavon Solano and Stanton, aided by young pitching in Jose Fernandez, who should make his return to the bigs by the all-star break, gives the Fish a fighting chance to crack the surface (see what I did there?).

Two words. Josh. Donaldson.
I have returned to the Jays bandwagon. When you add Josh Donaldson to a Jays lineup with Jose Bautista, Edwin Encarnacion, Russell Martin and Jose Reyes, you can probably understand why I’ve returned.

Just last week, the baseball world was shocked by the news of this trade, which sent Brett Lawrie, Sean Nolin, Kendall Graveman and Franklin Barreto to the Oakland Athletics in exchange for Donaldson. Donaldson is coming off a .255/.342/.456 season in which he recieved the all-star nod as well as finishing eighth in MVP voting.

Don’t forget the Old Town Team
David Ortiz was the first to take to social media, preparing to “give pitchers nightmares” through Twitter, as he referred to the recent signings of Hanley Ramirez and Pablo Sandoval. He’s not wrong.

A lineup that just got scarier, with Ortiz, Sandoval, Ramirez, Xander Bogaerts and Dustin Pedroia leading the way, could propel to the Boston Red Sox top of that division with the ‘Great Offseason Oriole Meltdown’ and Yankee struggles. The AL East has definitely switched hands over the last few weeks, but will it make a tremendous difference? We’ll see.

Scott Harrigan
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