Giancarlo Stanton prefers Giants over Cardinals

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The biggest catch here may be the money aspect, with the Marlins insisting that whomever wants to grab Stanton in a trade assume responsibility for at least $250 million of the remaining $295 million that is still left on his mammoth contract.

Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported earlier in the day that the Marlins had agreed to the general framework of trades with both clubs, but everything is on hold while the Marlins wait for Stanton to inform them whether he would even accept a deal to either team.

ESPN's Buster Olney reported Friday that the Giants met with Stanton's representatives in Los Angeles on Thursday. As such, Stanton could indeed take as long as he pleases if he'd prefer to go to a team other than the two in play. Their luxury-tax issues would complicate a potential trade for the slugger.

Stanton is owed between $25 million and $32 million each of the next 10 seasons.

It's unclear what Miami would target in a trade with the Cardinals, and the deal may prove to be a nonstarter.

The hot stove season in Major League Baseball is heating up, and with the winter meetings a week away Giancarlo Stanton might soon be an ex-member of the Miami Marlins.

The and are among the teams that also have been linked to the reigning NL MVP.

Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins during the game between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park on August 15, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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