Giancarlo Stanton will retain the remaining $218 million and seven guaranteed years of his contract with the New York Yankees instead of leaving after two injury-ravaged seasons.
The designated hitter, who turns 31 on November 8, had 38 home runs and 100 RBIs in his first season with the Yankees.
He batted .288 with three home runs and 13 RBIs in 2019, when he was limited to 18 games due to a left bicep strain, which disabled him on April 1 of the year, and a right knee strain that kept him out all of last year between June and September.
Stanton was batting .250 with four home runs and 11 RBIs during the shortened 2020 season, that limited him to 23 games because of a sprained left hamstring.
He recovered and became the Yankees’ best offensive player in the postseason, with six home runs and 13 RBIs in seven games.
“Given the injuries we experienced with him thus far, the safe bet is for him to focus at DH,’’ Cashman said. “Just this postseason, you could see what he’s capable of doing. Whenever he’s healthy, he seems to hit.”
Stanton, who was a four-time All-Star with Miami, signed a 13-year extension with the Marlins in November 2014 worth $325 million.
In 2017, he batted .281, surpassing Major Leagues average with 59 homers and 132 RBIs and was traded to the Yankees in December 2017 for second baseman Starlin Castro, right-handed left-hander Jorge Guzmán and minor league infielder Jose Devers.
Stanton is owed $29 million in each of the next two seasons, $32 million annually from 2023-25, $29 million in 2026 and $25 million in 2027. The deal includes a $25 million club option for 2028 with a $10 million buyout.
The Yankee DH spot, apparently, seems to be locked up for the foreseeable future.