New York Yankees rumors now indicate that the team is close to acquiring Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins. The huge shift in momentum regarding these MLB trade rumors stems from a demand that Stanton made of the front office in Miami. He appears very intent on taking full advantage of the no-trade clause that the prior owners put in his contract.

A report by baseball analyst Joel Sherman states that the Stanton trade to the Yankees is “virtually done.” This means that the Yankees and Marlins are trying to move quickly to complete this deal, with the possibility that something gets announced as early as this weekend.

It could quickly become the biggest acquisition of the baseball offseason. Yes, even bigger than the Shohei Ohtani signing by the Los Angeles Angels.

What would the Yankees give up?

One of the prevalent Yankees rumors is that Starlin Castro will be heading to the Miami Marlins as part of the Giancarlo Stanton trade. This would allow the Yankees to jettison some salary and for the Marlins to come away with at least one player who will immediately be on their 25-man roster. Castro could also become a bargaining chip to slip to another team before the 2018 MLB season finally rolls around.

It is still very unclear how much of the $295 million left on Stanton’s contract that the Yankees would be willing to cover.

The unfortunate situation for the Marlins is that the Yankees hold a lot of the power in these trade negotiations after Stanton named them as one of only four teams he would waive his no-trade clause to play with next year. The other teams are the Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs, and Houston Astros.

Will Yankees have the best lineup in baseball?

Adding Giancarlo Stanton to a lineup that already includes power hitters Aaron Judge and Gary Sanchez makes these New York Yankees rumors quite interesting. While acquiring Stanton and likely giving up some prospects to do so isn’t the same plan that the front office has been working with recently, it is certainly hard to pass up acquiring the National League MVP.

Yankees fans are already talking about the duo of Stanton and Judge possibly hitting 125 home runs next year.

After Shohei Ohtani said he wasn’t going to sign with the Yankees this could soften the blow of a previously tough offseason for fans of the team. It’s not as difficult as Ohtani meeting with the Seattle Mariners and then deciding to sign with the Los Angeles Angels, but the Yankees don’t often miss on their free-agent targets. The situation is very fluid and baseball fans should not be surprised if Stanton is either with the Yankees soon or shopped to a different team within 48 hours.