By later Thursday, Cashman and Hill traded ideas before it started to become clear that if the Yankees included Starlin Castro and the Marlins sent $30 million back in the trade, then for luxury-tax purposes Stanton would account for $22 million, essentially the same as what the Yankees paid Castro and DH Matt Holliday in 2017.
For all the talk of the Yankees "buying" a title when you look at the numbers in that scenario is just good business. Castro and Holliday made $24 million combined last year. Stanton will make I think it's $27 million this year.
They will put a young guy who costs nothing at 2nd and for a few extra million they added a 60 home run talent smack dab in the middle of his prime.
Stanton's contract also might look quite reasonable this time next year when Harper and Machado sign. I think that played a large factor in them doing this deal.