Sunday, 17 December, 2017

Dodgers could be Giants' chief competition for Stanton

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Betsy Taylor | 04 December, 2017, 01:49

Multiple sources said the Marlins have agreed upon the general framework of a Stanton trade with both San Francisco and St. Louis. Stanton can control where he goes since he has a full no-trade clause, and as such, he is waiting to see how much interest the Los Angeles Dodgers have, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi. The biggest catch here may be the money aspect, with the Marlins insisting that whomever wants to grab Stanton in a trade assume responsibility for at least $250 million of the remaining $295 million that is still left on his mammoth contract.

Meanwhile, Marlins MLB.com reporter Joe Frisaro notes that the deal is not imminent and that the Marlins are still talking with other clubs. Stanton grew up 15 miles from Dodger Stadium, and it's believed he'd prefer to play in his hometown for the National League champs.

But from what it sounds like, Stanton is willing to wait until the Dodgers are officailly ruled out.


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.

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.

One of Major League Baseball's most potent sluggers could soon be on the move.

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