Giancarlo Stanton rumors: Marlins have trade framework in place with Giants, Cards

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SiriusXM radio host Craig Mish first reported news of the meeting between reps for Stanton and the Giants. As Morosi highlighted, though, Stanton has the ability to all but cease ongoing trade negotiations if he wants to hold out until another team enters the mix.

Bob Nightengale of USA Today reports that neither the Giants or Cardinals have set any timetable for Giancarlo Stanton to make a decision.

Round and round we go.

The Giants and Cardinals each showed trade interest in Stanton, dating back to before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.




Miami is looking to slash payroll and Stanton is owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons as part of his 13-year, $325 million contract. Their luxury-tax issues would complicate a potential trade for the slugger.

Stanton, of course, has a full no-trade clause. Stanton grew up 15 miles from Dodger Stadium, and it's believed he'd prefer to play in his hometown for the National League champs. Had Stanton met without the trade framework in place, the Marlins would have risked losing leverage if Stanton agreed to one deal and not the other, according to Morosi.

The Cardinals have pitching prospects the Marlins have targeted, such as right-handers Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara. "Another opined that he'd 100 percent' take the Giants over the Cardinals if that's the choice", Heyman noted.

The hot stove season in Major League Baseball is heating up, and with the winter meetings a week away Giancarlo Stanton might soon be an ex-member of the Miami Marlins.

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