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

Report Stanton Trade Expected to Be Finalized in Few Days

Report Stanton Trade Expected to Be Finalized in Few Days

Most of the trade talk surrounding reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton has centered around the Giants and Cardinals with the Dodgers on the periphery.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported there's some doubt whether Stanton would waive his no-trade clause to go to St. Louis.

Yet Stanton might be waiting for a resolution with the Dodgers before deciding between the Giants and Cardinals. In fact, America's heartland seems to be his last choice here.

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The Giants and Cardinals each showed trade interest in Stanton, dating back to before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. Approve a deal the Dodgers liked - for the goal of offloading Stanton's remaining $295 million contract (or as much of it as a team will accept) - or keep Stanton (and his mega contract) on the books.

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. 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. 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.

The Giants have said they're open to exceeding the luxury-tax threshold a fourth straight year, which would come with severe penalties, but the Dodgers don't appear so open to the idea and already have plenty of capable outfielders. His contract allows him to opt out after the 2020 season, which would guarantee only three seasons with his next team. Second baseman Joe Panik has also been mentioned.

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