Giants & Cardinals wait on Giancarlo Stanton, with Dodgers looming

Lynette Rowe
December 4, 2017

With the December 11-14 winter meetings approaching, trade talks involving Stanton could come to a head in the coming days as the scaling-down Marlins are eager to shed most, if not all, the remaining $295 million of his contract.

The biggest question of all in the Stanton sweepstakes is whether he will waive his no-trade clause to make a move to another city. That was when San Francisco reportedly became Stanton's "100 percent" preferred choice if it came down to choosing between the Giants and the Cardinals.

If the Los Angeles Dodgers are Giancarlo Stanton's first option, there has to be another option for the reigning NL MVP if talks between his Miami Marlins and the Dodgers continue to fail picking up traction. The Dodgers are enamored with Stanton's power, but are concerned about the luxury-tax implications of trading for him.

At the very least the ball is in Stanton's court, it seems. The Marlins have to wait for Stanton to inform them whether he would accept either trade.

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According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Marlins have "agreed to general framework" of deals with both the Giants and Cardinals.

The Marlins also want to move Dee Gordon, who's owed $38 million through 2020, and the second baseman would be a nice fit for the Giants, who lack speed. Morosi said the Marlins and Dodgers have remained in touch about the slugger, but there was been "no substantial progress".

Yet Stanton might be waiting for a resolution with the Dodgers before deciding between the Giants and Cardinals.

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