The Giancarlo Stanton saga may be nearing its conclusion. All that's left is Stanton giving his OK to choose his next destination.
Jon Paul Morosi and Joe Frisaro of MLB.com reported the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants each have a framework in place to trade for the Miami Marlins slugger. Miami has given both teams permission to speak with Stanton, who has a full no-trade clause.
The Giants are reportedly offering prospects outfielder/first baseman Chris Shaw, right-hander Tyler Beede and outfielder Heliot Ramos. Second baseman Joe Panik could also be involved in the deal. Morosi previously reported the Marlins were willing to take a package of Panik, Shaw and Beede provided the Giants pick up $250 million of the $295 million remaining on Stanton's contract.
The Marlins are also interested in Cardinals pitching prospects Jack Flaherty and Sandy Alcantara. It's unclear if either or both prospects are on the table in St. Louis' offer.
Stanton, 28, hit .281/.376/.631 with 59 home runs and drove in 132 runs in 2017. His 59 home runs were the most in an MLB season since Sammy Sosa hit 61 and Barry Bonds set the all-time record with 73 in 2001. He became the first Marlins player in franchise history to win the National League MVP.
Miami is looking to trade Stanton almost entirely for financial reasons. New ownership, spearheaded by former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, has set a goal of turning the Marlins into a financially viable franchise. The team has lost millions of dollars in recent years under previous ownership.
"We're trying to build an organization that's sustainable over time," Jeter told reporters. "I don't like the world 'rebuild' because I think a lot of negativity comes with that. But we're trying to build something here. And we will build something. But it will take time, and there has to be patience."
Stanton's contract is set to run through the 2028 season, paying him at least $25 million annually. The Marlins have avoided paying the bulk of the 13-year, $325 million contract he signed in 2015 and are looking to get out from under as much of it as possible.
"It's an interesting feeling and situation for me," Stanton told reporters in October. "This is the only place I've known, but I also understand the business part of it and the direction the new ownership wants to go.
"The thoughts [this week] were up and down. ... Everything that's going on, how is this going to turn out, what's going to happen with my team and my teammates and me, etc. It's a lot of thoughts going on, but luckily I don't have to worry about playing at 7 o'clock every night [with] those thoughts.”
Stanton's preferred destination is the Los Angeles Dodgers, but it appears there has not been any significant progress made on a deal. The Dodgers and Marlins remain in contact. However, the MLB.com report indicates the Dodgers are wary of potential luxury tax implications of adding Stanton's salary.