FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported there's some doubt whether Stanton would waive his no-trade clause to go to St. Louis. If the meetings had occurred while talks between the teams were still fluid, the Marlins would've risked losing leverage if Stanton agreed to be dealt to one team and not the other.
The Dodgers have been somewhat hesitant on Stanton due to their desire not to exceed the $197 million luxury tax threshold or add another nine-figure contract to the books beyond Clayton Kershaw's. "Another opined that he'd 100 percent' take the Giants over the Cardinals if that's the choice", Heyman noted.
Stanton has 10 years and $295 million left on his contract, which includes an opt-out following the 2020 season.
Giancarlo Stanton has control over where he is traded.
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One team that is showing decreased interest in Stanton is the Boston Red Sox, as SiriusXM's Craig Mish reports they have made a decision to end their pursuit of him.
Both deals are pending Stanton's approval.
Stanton, 28, has no desire to be part of a rebuilding process, which the Marlins will be entering under new ownership, featuring point man Derek Jeter.
The Marlins slugger has been a hot name this offseason after winning NL MVP honors and leading the majors with 59 home runs in 2017.
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.
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