For parts of six seasons, Giancarlo Stanton and AJ Ramos shared a clubhouse in Miami, the two longtime Marlins pulling on the same uniform every day from 2012 through 2017 until the latter was traded to the New York Mets in July.
This summer, however, the two will be reunited in New York - Stanton, the reigning National League MVP, was acquired by the Yankees earlier this winter - and it's got the teammates-turned-crosstown-rivals mulling a somewhat unconventional living arrangement.
"We're still looking at places. We might live together," Ramos told reporters, including Peter Botte of the New York Daily News, on Monday at Mets camp.
Nothing has been finalized, Ramos said, but if the two do end up getting a place together, Stanton - now heading into the fourth season of a 13-year, $325-million contract - is paying for their groceries, he joked. And he better watch his back, Ramos warned, whenever the Mets are hosting the Yankees (and vice-versa, of course).
"Definitely for the Subway Series I'm going to be setting some traps for him," Ramos said. "You know, might mess up his sleep a little bit, stuff like that. But no, we're still looking. Nothing set in stone just yet."
Stanton, after all, is going to rack up the numbers in the hitter-friendly confines of Yankee Stadium, according to Ramos. Last year, en route to his first career MVP award, he smacked a career-high 59 homers (despite playing half his games at the spacious Marlins Park) while managing a 1.007 OPS (165 OPS+) in 162 games.
"I think he's gonna do good. I mean, he can get jammed and hit a ball out there," Ramos said. "That park (Yankee Stadium) is very small, so I mean, that's a plus. He's going from Miami where you have to square one up to get one out, to New York, where he can basically burp a ball out. So I think he's gonna do pretty good."
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