The Marlins have agreed to general framework of Stanton trades with the Giants and Cardinals, but neither deal can be completed as the Marlins wait to see if Stanton will accept either proposal, according to a Sunday afternoon report from MLB.com's Jon Morosi.
Round and round we go.
As Morosi has noted, Stanton carries the weight of a full no-trade clause as part of his 13-year, $325 million contract, which was inked with the Marlins in 2014.
The Dodgers' president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, is monitoring the Stanton talks with other teams and is aware that an opportunity might emerge over time, according to ESPN.
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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. Their luxury-tax issues would complicate a potential trade for the slugger.
The Giants have many holes to fill including the outfield, third base and the bullpen as they try to bounce back from an embarrassing 98-loss season.
Yet Stanton might be waiting for a resolution with the Dodgers before deciding between the Giants and Cardinals.
The Marlins are under new ownership. His contract allows him to opt out after the 2020 season, which would guarantee only three seasons with his next team.
That being said, it still remains unclear what the Marlins would target in a deal with the Cardinals.