The Yankees' blockbuster offseason acquisition is off to a historically bad start

  • Giancarlo Stanton was set up for another year as one of the most dominant hitters in baseball after moving to the Yankees in a blockbuster offseason deal.
  • Instead, Stanton's start has been remarkably bad, making history in all of the wrong ways for the Yankees.
  • The worst day of Stanton's start came on Sunday when his fifth strikeout of the game was the final out in extra innings and earned him boos from the New York crowd.

The New York Yankees acquisition of Giancarlo Stanton was undoubtedly the biggest move of the MLB offseason.

The Yankees, already a team on the rise, sent a load of prospects down to the Miami Marlins and in return got the reigning NL MVP, reigning home run king, and one of the best all-around players in baseball. With Stanton heading to a new home with a shorter fence and paired with second-year slugger Aaron Judge, the Bronx Bombers looked, on paper, set to break baseball a year after MLB players set a new league-wide record for home runs in a season.

But two weeks into his debut in pinstripes, Stanton is stalling at the plate to an unprecedented degree.

On Sunday, Stanton became the first player to ever have two games with no hits and five strikeouts in the same season — just ten games into the 2018 season. ESPN Stats & Info also noted that Stanton had more strikeouts last week (16) than Joe DiMaggio did in the entirety of his 1941 season.

Stanton's struggles have also come at inopportune times with the Yankees. On Sunday, he was 0-6 heading into the bottom of the 12th inning, with runners on base and a chance to win the game.

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JUPITER, FL - MARCH 01: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins runs during a workout at Roger Dean Stadium on March l, 2012 in Jupiter, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
MIAMI, FL - APRIL 14: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins looks on prior to a MLB game against the Houston Astros at Marlins Park on April 14, 2012 in Miami, Florida. (Photo by Ronald C. Modra/Sports Imagery/Getty Images)
May 2, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) breaks his bat after connecting for an RBI single during the seventh inning against the Los Angeles Dodgers at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins hits a home run in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jesse Johnson-USA TODAY Sports
May 4, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is unable to field a double from Los Angeles Dodgers center fielder Andre Ethier (not pictured) during the ninth inning at Marlins Ballpark. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 14, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins reacts as he bats in the first round during the 2014 Home Run Derby the day before the MLB All Star Game at Target Field. Mandatory Credit: Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2014; Anaheim, CA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with teammates after hitting a three-run home run during the fourth inning against the Los Angeles Angels at Angel Stadium of Anaheim. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 11, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is carted off the field after getting hit by a pitch in the fifth inning against the Milwaukee Brewers at Miller Park. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Nov 19, 2014; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton smiles during a press conference at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2014; San Francisco, CA, USA; Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (middle) waves to the crowd as he is awarded the Hank Aaron Award by newly elected commissioner Rob Manfred (left) and Hank Aaron before game four of the 2014 World Series between the San Francisco Giants and the Kansas City Royals at AT&T Park. Mandatory Credit: Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 29, 2015; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home run during the first inning against the New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins reacts as he bats in the quarterfinals during the All Star Game home run derby at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 11, 2016; San Diego, CA, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins holds the trophy after winning the All Star Game home run derby at PetCo Park. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 20, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is unable to make a catch off of Washington Nationals second baseman Stephen Drew (not pictured) during the first inning at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Sep 27, 2016; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) is seen wearing Marlins starting pitcher Jose Fernandez number on his jersey while walking back to the dugout during the first inning against New York Mets at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Apr 19, 2017; Seattle, WA, USA; Miami Marlins designated hitter Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates his solo home run against the Seattle Mariners during the third inning at Safeco Field. Mandatory Credit: Joe Nicholson-USA TODAY Sports
Jul 10, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; National League outfielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) of the Miami Marlins during batting practice one day before the 2017 MLB All Star Game at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 10, 2017; Washington, DC, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) celebrates with Marlins second baseman Dee Gordon (9) after hitting a two-run home run in the third inning during a game against the Washington Nationals at Nationals Park. Mandatory Credit: Patrick McDermott-USA TODAY Sports
Aug 25, 2017; Miami, FL, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) rounds the bases after hitting a two run home in the first inning against the San Diego Padres at Marlins Park. Mandatory Credit: Steve Mitchell-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 25, 2017; Los Angeles, CA, USA; From left Miami Marlins player Giancarlo Stanton , MLB commissioner Rob Manfred , Hank Aaron and Houston Astros second baseman Jose Altuve at the Hank Aaron Award press conference before game two of the 2017 World Series between the Los Angeles Dodgers and the Houston Astros at Dodger Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports
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NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees in action against the Baltimore Orioles during a game at Yankee Stadium on April 5, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 05: Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the New York Yankees in action against the Baltimore Orioles during a game at Yankee Stadium on April 5, 2018 in the Bronx borough of New York City. (Photo by Rich Schultz/Getty Images)
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After Judge grounded into a double play for the first two outs of the inning, the stage was set for Stanton to redeem his brutal start with one great swing, but he struck out again, his fifth of the game, and the home crowd showered him with boos.

It's safe to say, this is not the start the Yankees had in mind when they signed their newest slugger to a $25 million a year deal.

Stanton is making history with the New York Yankees, just in all of the wrong ways.

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