Cardinals pull out of Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes

With Stanton rejecting deals to St. Louis and San Francisco, the Marlins are in a tough spot.

The Giants have chased Stanton for months, keeping in touch with the Marlins during a 98-loss season and then putting the full-court press on once the World Series was over and it became clear that a new ownership group in Miami would trade the reigning National League MVP. Stanton is due to make $25 million in 2018. (The Astros and Cubs remain in the mix, albeit behind the Yankees and Dodgers.) Stanton's refusal to go to St. Louis wasn't a hypothetical one, according to the Cardinals.

If those are indeed the only teams that Stanton wants to play for, it's clear that he intends to join a victor.

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That doesn't leave anywhere near the room they'd need to take on Stanton's salary unless they could dump Ellsbury's contract on the Marlins. People close to the Dodgers believe they'd want the contract either paid down or offset by deals going the other way (i.e. Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, Adrian Gonzalez).

Imagine a lineup featuring Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton.

Now, it's up to the Yankees to either find a creative route toward landing the Marlins' slugger, or stick to their this-time-we're-serious plans of fiscal restraint, aimed at finally getting below the luxury tax threshold. "There's an inherent risk in that, no matter how many home runs he hit previous year". For several weeks, the Giants had been co-favorites with the Cardinals, and both organizations met with Stanton and his representatives in Los Angeles last week.

ESPN's Buster Olney speculated on 101.3 ESPN Radio earlier this week that Stanton would ultimately wind up with the Dodgers.

Meanwhile the Yankees, tempted as they may be, are convinced they'll get there without adding such a weapon.

  • Rogelio Becker