The reigning National League MVP could be on the move, given Giancarlo Stanton decides where he wants to be — MLB.com’s Jon Morosi reported Sunday that the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals both have frameworks in place to acquire the 28-year-old slugger.
The Los Angeles Dodgers, according to Morosi, could still be in play as well. Stanton keeps his offseason home in Los Angeles.
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 Marlins are reportedly willing to accept the Giants offer of second baseman Joe Panik alongside top prospects Tyler Beede and Chris Shaw in exchange for Stanton should San Francisco be willing to assume at least $250 million of the remaining money owed to the right fielder.
ESPN’s Buster Olney reported Stanton met personally with Giants executives on Friday. That was when San Francisco reportedly became Stanton’s “100 percent” preferred choice if it came down to choosing between the Giants and the Cardinals.
That being said, it still remains unclear what the Marlins would target in a deal with the Cardinals. St. Louis have a slew of pitchers to offer in the club’s developmental system, however, Miami’s new ownership group’s main focus as part of the deal has been moving money off the club’s books.