Cards, Giants have framework for Stanton deal

  • Cards, Giants have framework for Stanton deal

Cards, Giants have framework for Stanton deal

Miami Marlins right fielder and 2017 National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.

While team executives from the Giants and Cardinals met with Stanton's representatives on at the end of last week, both teams are "in the dark" as to whether the slugger would waive his no-trade clause to accept a deal to either team, according to Mish. 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.

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. Los Angeles, consistently among the highest-spending teams, are hesitant due in part to what Stanton's large salary - an average annual value of $25 million - would mean for their efforts to get under baseball's luxury tax threshold.

It was believed the Marlins wouldn't have given either team clearance to speak with Stanton or his agency (Wasserman Group) if deals, or at least frameworks for deals, weren't in place.

As of Sunday, the Dodgers and Marlins were still in contact regarding Stanton, but have not made progress toward a deal, according to one source.

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. Second baseman Joe Panik has also been mentioned.