Report: Giancarlo Stanton may not exercise opt-out from Yankees contract
Giancarlo Stanton has an important decision to make at the end of the 2020 season, and he may not end up taking the route that many once expected him to.
Stanton can opt out of his current deal with the New York Yankees to test the free agent market if he chooses. However, according to George A. King III of the New York Post, there was growing skepticism that Stanton would exercise it even before the postponement of the start of the season.
Stanton hit .266 with 38 home runs in his first season with the Yankees. Year two was a disaster, as he played in just 18 games due to various injuries. He suffered another injury issue in spring training that would have jeopardized his readiness for Opening Day had it proceeded as scheduled.
Stanton would walk away from $218 million guaranteed if he opted out. A few years ago, he seemed almost certain to do better on the open market. Now, with his injury issues and the sport’s uncertain financial future, he may be best served staying right where he is.