Although Giancarlo Stanton added the Cubs to his list of teams that he would waive his no-trade clause for late Thursday, it doesn't look like the reigning N.L. MVP will be bringing his talents to the Friendly Confines.
According to the San Francisco Chronicle's Henry Schulman, Stanton is instead close to joining the New York Yankees.
Nothing is finalized yet, but the potential trade would pair Stanton, who slugged 59 home runs and 132 RBIs in 2017, with Aaron Judge, who slammed 56 dingers of his own. Talk about the Bronx Bombers.
A Marlins-Cubs swap featuring Stanton was never likely given the massive contract of the 28-year-old outfielder. Stanton has 10 years and $295 million remaining on his current deal, a tremendous undertaking for any team even if Miami does end up eating some of the money owed.
No word on if the Marlins' return package includes former Cubs prospect Gleyber Torres, but even if it does, that Yankees lineup will be something opposing pitchers have nightmares about before outings.
Bryzzo Souvenir Co. sells a lot of souvenirs. And a lot of jerseys.
Major League Baseball released its list of the sport's top-selling jerseys for the 2017 season, and Cubs stars Kris Bryant and Anthony Rizzo ranked second and third, respectively.
The only guy in front of them? New York Yankees rookie sensation Aaron Judge. Playing for one of the game's most iconic franchises, Judge launched a rookie-record 52 home runs this season.
Of course, Bryant and Rizzo kept doing their thing on the North Side, and after last season's curse-smashing World Series championship, it's no surprise they're high on the list, too.
They also weren't the only Cubs to crack the top 10, with Javy Baez 10th on the list.
Here's the full top 10, with Judge, Bryant and Rizzo going 1-2-3. Also appearing on the list is Bryce Harper, whose Washington Nationals the Cubs will face in the NLDS starting Friday. Clayton Kershaw ranked fourth, and the Cubs could face him for the second straight postseason should both the Cubs and Los Angeles Dodgers meet in an NLCS rematch.
We all know Aaron Judge is a monster, and not just metaphorically.
At 6-foot-7, Judge is bigger than NFL star Rob Gronkowski and apparently makes Frank Thomas, who was known as 'The Big Hurt' in Chicago, look like he stumbled into take your kid to work day.
Check out the photo The Big Hurt tweeted of the two standing back-to-back before the MLB All-Star Game:
Just to get even more perspective on Judge's goliath-like size, here's your tale of the tape of both players at their playing weight:
Judge: 6'7", 282 lbs
Thomas: 6'5", 240 lbs
My advice to catchers standing at home when Judge rounds third base.... get the heck out of the way.