Stanton: 'There's no bad blood' on my end toward Jeter
The New York Yankees slugger will welcome his former team to the Bronx on Monday when the clubs open a brief two-game series. Stanton spent the first eight seasons of his career in Miami before new ownership headed by Derek Jeter opted to trade him and the bulk of his record-setting contract to the Yankees.
Stanton's final days in Miami were certainly rocky. He rejected two trades that would have sent him to either the San Francisco Giants or St. Louis Cardinals. Both Jeter and Stanton admitted they never spoke to each other after the initial sale of the team, and Stanton said the organization was a "circus" at times in a farewell Instagram post. But despite everything that happened over the last six months, Stanton says there's no animosity between him and Jeter.
"I mean, I don't think there's any crazy bad blood besides what (the media) stirred up," Stanton told reporters, according to George A. King III of the New York Post. "I mean, we were very honest with each other in our meetings - and that's the business side of it - but there's no bad blood on this side."
Despite the Marlins coming to town, Jeter has already stated that he won't be accompanying them.
"It would be an awkward situation for me to actually go to Yankee Stadium," Jeter said last week. "I knew it was going to be a story one way or the other, so I might as well get out in front of it and say I'm not going."
Jeter was last at Yankee Stadium in May when the team retired his No. 2.
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