And if Stanton wants to play for either of those two teams, all he has to do is choose, because the Marlins have agreed to framework of trades with both the Giants and the Cards, MLB Network's Jon Morosi reported Sunday.
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.
In recent days, Stanton or his representatives have met with both the Cardinals and the Giants, suggesting he's better positioned than not in order to make a decision. But the Dodgers have luxury-tax issues and have not seriously pursued Stanton - at least not yet. "Another opined that he'd 100 percent' take the Giants over the Cardinals if that's the choice", Heyman noted. The Los Angeles Dodgers have also been linked with interest in Stanton. But with new ownership in Miami trying to shed payroll, the remaining $295 million on Stanton's massive contract is a priority for the team to move. 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.
If it comes down to the Giants and Cardinals, then we're by far the favorite.
The Giants had the majors' fewest home runs, and Stanton led the majors with 59 and won the NL MVP award.