At least three teams - and countless outside observers - are awaiting word on whether Giancarlo Stanton will waive his no-trade clause to go to the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals or neither.
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According to Craig Mish of Sirius XM, the full trade offer from the Giants includes $250 million of Stanton's contract and top prospects Tyler Beede, Heliot Ramos, Chris Shaw, and Christian Arroyo. Yes, Stanton has an opt-out after the 2020 season, but the likely outcome is that he plays out his current deal.
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Yep: The Los Angeles Dodgers, lest we forget, remain very much on the periphery of the Stanton trade talks, and as the tweet above says, the Giants see them as a real threat. If neither of Ohtani or Stanton has made a decision by the meetings, though, then. ugh I don't even want to think about that let's just assume they will and the meetings will be busy and fun, yeah. He's already gone on record saying he doesn't want to be in a rebuilding situation.
It's really the only move the Marlins have. Stanton would necessarily make any team better, but the Dodgers don't have to have him in order to be the favorites in the NL West.
On the Dodgers' side of things, they've been over the luxury-tax threshold for five years running.
MLB's annual winter meetings begin on December 10. San Francisco has won a lot in the decade. For Pence and the Giants, they can only hope the star outfielder is accounting for splash hits in McCovey Cove by the time the 2018 season rolls around.