Executives from the Giants and Cardinals met in recent days with Stanton's representatives, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Saturday that Stanton himself was present for both meetings. Now, it's just a matter of him waiving his no-trade clause.
Stanton went to Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, Calif, just 14 miles from Dodger Stadium, which makes the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly high on his list. Stanton is from the Valley and now has a home in the Hollywood Hills.
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The Dodgers already have contract issues, and if they acquired Stanton and took on most of his salary, they would be seriously over the luxury tax ceiling of $197 million.
The Dodgers aren't out of the running, Morosi also says that Stanton could push off his decision to give LA time to put a better deal in place. As Morosi highlighted, though, Stanton has the ability to all but cease ongoing trade negotiations if he wants to hold out until another team enters the mix.
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The Marlins seem to feel they need to trade Stanton to lower their payroll to match their revenues, which are about the lowest in baseball.
McCutchen's name has swirled in trade rumors over the last two years, but the Pirates opted to pick up his 2018 contract option earlier this month.
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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. But people around the Marlins describe that as a last resort that "absolutely" will not happen since that's a worst-case scenario for the team, more so than Stanton, who very much likes Miami even if he craves not to do yet another rebuild in South Florida.