After staring down his old team, whom he said threatened to make him a “Marlin for life,” the reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton spoke like a man who had escaped from a dysfunctional franchise in South Florida for a chance to win in New York with the Yankees.

When Stanton declined, Stanton’s agent, Joel Wolfe, said that the Marlins told Stanton they would keep him for the rest of his 10-year, $295 million contract, which did include a player opt-out after 2020.

Marlins owner Derek Jeter scoffed at the notion that the Yankees got a sweetheart deal when they acquired National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton for Starlin Castro and two prospects.

Stanton said he spoke to new Marlins leader Derek Jeter about the direction of the franchise after the former Yankee shortstop’s ownership group took over.

With that in mind, Stanton said he is willing to do anything for a championship, so however new Yankees manager Aaron Boone deploys him with fellow right fielder Aaron Judge, Stanton said he will be fine with it.

“Today is a celebration for the New York Yankees, for our fan base, and a celebration of one of the great players in our sport: Giancarlo Stanton,” Boone said.

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