In what can't be considered too much of a surprise, Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports is reporting that Stanton prefers the Giants over the 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.
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A deal is not expected to happen today, according to MLB.com's Mark Feinsand. 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.
Giancarlo Stanton has control over where he is traded.. The Dodgers have not been beating down the door for Stanton. The Marlins are said to have interest in second baseman Joe Panik, who won't be a free agent until 2021.
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Stanton has been aware of the possibility of a trade for months.
One team that is showing decreased interest in Stanton is the Boston Red Sox, as SiriusXM's Craig Mish reports they have chose to end their pursuit of him. Their luxury-tax issues would complicate a potential trade for the slugger.
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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. Obviously, it's his decision as to where he gets traded because of his full no-trade clause.