Stanton reps also to meet with Cardinals

Stanton reps also to meet with Cardinals

With the December 11-14 winter meetings approaching, trade talks involving Stanton could come to a head in the coming days as the scaling-down Marlins are eager to shed most, if not all, the remaining $295 million of his contract.

The Dodgers have been somewhat hesitant on Stanton due to their desire not to exceed the $197 million luxury tax threshold or add another nine-figure contract to the books beyond Clayton Kershaw's. The player's reps have already met with the San Francisco Giants' brass and were granted permission by the Miami franchise to pursue similar conversations with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The agreement of the deals was part of the precondition for Stanton to meet with officials from both clubs.

The have agreed to general framework of Stanton trades with the and, 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.

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. Stanton could ask that the opt-out be moved to a different point in the contract, as a condition for waiving his no-trade clause.

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Between the Giants and Cardinals, Stanton might prefer San Francisco per Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.

The Marlins are reportedly only willing to pick up $45 million of Stanton's contract to make the deal work.

If it comes down to the Giants and Cardinals, then we're by far the favorite. Why would they if he's determined to play for them and no one else?

Stanton would help the Giants in the home run department as they finished dead last in home runs in 2017. The Marlins are said to have interest in second baseman Joe Panik, who won't be a free agent until 2021.

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