Giancarlo Stanton’s agent responded to New York Yankees general manager Brian Cashman while warning any free agents considering a move to the Bronx Bombers.
Cashman told the New York Daily News last week that the injury-plagued Stanton “is more likely to get hurt again because it seems to be part of his game.”
A day after the Daily News published Cashman’s comments, agent Joel Wolfe responded Tuesday a statement to The Athletic.
“I read the context of the entire interview,” Wolfe said. “I think it’s a good reminder for all free agents thinking about signing in New York, both foreign and domestic, that to play for this team you have to be made of Teflon both mentally and physically “You have to, because you can never lose your cover, even indoors.” the off-season.”
Stanton, who turned 34 last week, is coming off the worst season of his career and has been widely speculated as a possible offseason trade candidate for the Yankees, paying the former National League MVP about $98 million over the last four years owed US dollars.
Wolfe, who did not specifically mention Stanton or Cashman in his statement, also represents Japanese right-hander Yoshinobu Yamamoto, who is among the top free agent pitchers available this offseason.
Since his fierce defense of the Yankees organization at the GM meetings in Arizona last week, Cashman has come under increasing scrutiny from both the media and fans.
In an hour-long media session last Tuesday, highlighted by his explanation of several failed trades and his assertion that the Yankees’ front office was “pretty good,” Cashman also specifically mentioned several Yankees players who were out in 2023 due to injuries. including Stanton, who missed 61 games with a hamstring injury.
“We’re trying to limit the amount of time he’s gone,” Cashman said, according to the Daily News. “But I’m not going to tell you he’s going to play every game next year because that’s not the case. He will most likely get hurt again because it seems to be part of his game.”
Stanton has missed significant time due to injury in his last five seasons with the Yankees, playing in just 391 of a possible 708 regular season games during that span.
The five-time All-Star hit a career-low .191 with 24 home runs in his sixth year with the Yankees, posting an 82-80 record and missing the playoffs for the first time since 2016.
Cashman also had some praise for Stanton during his lengthy exchange with reporters last week, saying the Yankees “know he’s definitely better than what we saw last year.”
“I know that the guy, when he’s good and healthy – except last year – is a great hitter and has been for a long time,” Cashman told reporters.