Giancarlo Stanton Could Soon Be Traded To The Giants Or The Cardinals

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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.

However, Stanton still has the final say because of his no-trade clause, meaning he would need to approve any deal.

Time and time again it has been reported that Giancarlo Stanton's top choice for his next team is the Los Angeles Dodgers. Stanton grew up 15 miles from Dodger Stadium, and it's believed he'd prefer to play in his hometown for the National League champs. The Dodgers are enamored with Stanton's power, but are concerned about the luxury-tax implications of trading for him.

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Jon Morosi of 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.

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. So the matter is in Stanton's court, and maybe the Dodgers' - and there's no deadline. Second baseman Joe Panik has also been mentioned.

The Dodgers' best bet might be waiting for Stanton to force the Marlins' hand, if Los Angeles is in fact his preferred destination, and to take advantage of Miami's desperation to unload as much of that contract as possible.

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