MLB Rumors: Giants, Cardinals Have Giancarlo Stanton Trade Frameworks In Place

But for luxury tax reasons, the Dodgers are unable to dive completely into trade talks with the Marlins this winter. And although the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly are Stanton's first choice, it's the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants that recently have emerged as the most likely landing spots.

According to the MLB Network's Jon Morosi, the Miami Marlins have agreed in principle to the framework of trades with both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants that would see them move Giancarlo Stanton, who is coming off an incredible season that saw him win the 2017 National League MVP.

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.

Deep down, Giancarlo Stanton wants to be a Dodger.

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.

The Cardinals have pitching prospects the Marlins have targeted, such as right-handers Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara. But he's taken a deliberate approach in considering his options, in part because he wanted to make sure the Dodgers - his preferred destination - have every opportunity to get involved. The Dodgers have not been beating down the door for Stanton.

Stanton has 10 years and $295 million left on his contract, which includes an opt-out following the 2020 season.

  • Stacy Allen