Stanton's Reps Receive Approval To Meet With Cardinals

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Not that it would matter.

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. 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. For now, we'll remain in a holding pattern until the reigning Major League Baseball home run king makes a decision.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported Stanton met personally with Giants executives on Friday.

The context behind those meetings became clearer on Sunday: Multiple sources said the Marlins have agreed upon the general framework of a Stanton trade with both San Francisco and St. Louis.

At the very least the ball is in Stanton's court, it seems. Of course, those deals are on hold while Stanton considers whether he'd accept a deal to either team. "Another opined that he'd 100 percent' take the Giants over the Cardinals if that's the choice", Heyman noted.

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The Giants have said they're open to exceeding the luxury-tax threshold a fourth straight year, which would come with severe penalties, but the Dodgers don't appear so open to the idea and already have plenty of capable outfielders.

NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton's time with the Miami Marlins is about up - provided, anyway, he wants it to be. His contract allows him to opt out after the 2020 season, which would guarantee only three seasons with his next team. Second baseman Joe Panik has also been mentioned.

The Dodgers were still in contact with the Marlins as of Sunday, per Morosi, though the talks haven't progressed as far as those with the Giants or Cardinals.