Giancarlo Stanton prefers Giants over Cardinals


The biggest catch here may be the money aspect, with the Marlins insisting that whomever wants to grab Stanton in a trade assume responsibility for at least $250 million of the remaining $295 million that is still left on his mammoth contract.

The Marlins have arranged possible trades of Giancarlo Stanton with the Cardinals and Giants.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported Friday that the Giants met with Stanton's representatives in Los Angeles on Thursday.

Miami's season ended a little over two months ago, so the team has acted quickly to try to move its best player.

Meantime, the rival Giants are hoping Stanton determines San Francisco would suit him as a runner-up choice.

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According to Morosi, the deals are pending Stanton's approval.

The question now is whether Stanton will waive his no-trade clause and go along with either.

The agreement of the deals was part of the precondition for Stanton to meet with officials from both clubs. As such, the rumor mill is buzzing with potential free agent signings and trade talks, especially around the future of Giancarlo Stanton. Why would they if he's determined to play for them and no one else?

The Giants have said they're open to exceeding the luxury-tax threshold a fourth straight year, which would come with severe penalties, but the Dodgers don't appear so open to the idea and already have plenty of capable outfielders.