The Marlins have agreedwith both the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants on "general framework" involving trades featuring Giancarlo Stanton, reports Jon Morosi of MLB Network.
The deals have been placed on hold until Stanton decides whether he would accept. Thanks to a no-trade clause, Stanton can also opt to wait for the Dodgers or deny any trade this off-season, if he wishes.
In an effort to cut up to $65 million from their payroll next season, the Marlins are reportedly negotiating with teams interested in acquiring OF Giancarlo Stanton.
Stanton provided the Marlins with a list of teams to which he would accept a trade, according to Morosi.
It was reported earlier this week that Stanton had been demanding to only be dealt to the Dodgers, which would bring him home to Los Angeles -- a major media market with an active nightlife and the ability to train in Arizona as opposed to Florida.
According to Morosi, Stanton has yet to reject any deal presented to him by the Marlins. However, the Marlins recently felt it necessary to tell him they'll be forced to deal all of their top young talent if he refuses to accept being traded, the Miami Herald's Clark Spencer reported late Tuesday.
In late September, Stanton told FanRag.com's Jon Heyman that he would rather be traded to another organization than be part of another rebuilding process in Miami.
In the event the Marlins are unable to remove Stanton's $295 million from their current payroll, they are expected to more aggressively pursue dealing 2B Dee Gordon, outfielders Christian Yelich and Marcell Ozuna, 1B Justin Boar, and other less expensive talent.
The Giants and Cardinals are the only teams to reportedly make formal trade proposals for Stanton, who is due $295 million between now and 2028, though he can opt out of his deal after 2020.
I wish Stanton could end up on the Mets, too. But, it's quite clear he wants to go to the Dodgers. Otherwise, I hear he'll accept a deal to the Giants and a few midwest and west coast teams. And, because he has a full no-trade clause and a ridiculous contract, he's left calling the shots.
This is why the Mets, Yankees, Blue Jays, and Phillies are assumed to have zero chance at getting him even if they are willing to give up the necessary prospects and take on every dime of his remaining deal. I hear the Red Sox are the one east coast team he will consider, but if in Boston, he will likely opt out of his contract in three years to sign closer to California.
The point is, if you wish the Mets could get Stanton, your gripe is more with Stanton than the Mets. In either case, if he can't be on the Mets, I'll gladly settle for him leaving the NL East.
In 108 games during his career against the Mets, Stanton has hit 35 home runs with 81 RBI and a .356 OBP. He also has 21 home runs in 52 games at Citi Field.