With the Winter Meetings just around the corner, it was thought that was when the Miami Marlins would reach a resolution on a Giancarlo Stanton trade. The club has reportedly agreed to deals with both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals.
Stanton holds a full no-trade clause, though, and may have his sights on his hometown Los Angeles Dodgers. As such, Stanton has yet to approve a deal to either the Giants or Cardinals.
While Stanton holds all the cards, the reports about a deal trade agreed upon may also be untrue, as Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said no decisions have been made on their end.
While the Cardinals are said to have joined the Giants in being an aggressive suitor, San Francisco reportedly views the Dodgers as their biggest threat to trading for Stanton, according to Alex Pavlovic of NBC Sports Bay Area:
This can obviously change as it goes, but Giants expect a Stanton decision by the end of the week. I'm hearing they continue to view Dodgers, not Cardinals, as biggest threat.
— Alex Pavlovic (@PavlovicNBCS) December 6, 2017
The Dodgers have reportedly been in talks with the Marlins on Stanton, but conversations are not said to have gotten serious. A stumbling block is the Dodgers’ preference to avoid taking on the majority of Stanton’s remaining 10-year, $295 million contract.
If the Dodgers don’t end up getting more involved, then it appears Stanton prefers the Giants over the Cardinals due to his desire to play on the West Coast.
So as it currently stands, the Dodgers may be the only team that could keep Stanton from dawning the Orange and Black in the Bay Area next season.