Marlins Agree to Giancarlo Stanton Trade Framework With Cardinals, Giants

Report Giants Remain in Contact With Pirates Regarding McCutchen

That deal would be contingent on the Giants paying at least $250 million of the remaining $295 million on Stanton's deal.

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported there's some doubt whether Stanton would waive his no-trade clause to go to St. Louis. The Los Angeles Dodgers have also been linked with interest in Stanton.

But for luxury tax reasons, the Dodgers are unable to dive completely into trade talks with the Marlins this winter.

Meantime, the rival Giants are hoping Stanton determines San Francisco would suit him as a runner-up choice.

The San Francisco Giants appear to be the leader in the derby to acquire Giancarlo Stanton after meeting with the Miami Marlins slugger's representatives, but the St. Louis Cardinals may be next in line. 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.

NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton's time with the Miami Marlins is about up - provided, anyway, he wants it to be. So the matter is in Stanton's court, and maybe the Dodgers' - and there's no deadline. Of course, those deals are on hold while Stanton considers whether he'd accept a deal to either team.

That's another factor, the state of the Giants and whether they can convince Stanton the team has a bright future despite the team-wide struggles starting after the 2016 All-Star break and a core of players advancing in age - the Dodgers' core is far younger. Second baseman Joe Panik has also been mentioned.

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