Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Sports | By Spencer Underwood

Dodgers could be Giants' chief competition for Stanton

Dodgers could be Giants' chief competition for Stanton

Most of the trade talk surrounding reigning National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton has centered around the Giants and Cardinals with the Dodgers on the periphery.

Stanton would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for any deal to proceed.

Yet Stanton might be waiting for a resolution with the Dodgers before deciding between the Giants and Cardinals.

Deep down, Giancarlo Stanton wants to be a Dodger.

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It was believed the Marlins wouldn't have given either team clearance to speak with Stanton or his agency (Wasserman Group) if deals, or at least frameworks for deals, weren't in place.

The, Stanton's hometown team and reportedly his preferred destination, remain on the fringes of this offseason competition for Stanton's services. the Marlins and Dodgers have remained in touch about the slugger, but there was been "no substantial progress". The Marlins are said to have interest in second baseman Joe Panik, who won't be a free agent until 2021.

Stanton has been aware of the possibility of a trade for months.

As of Sunday, the Dodgers and Marlins were still in contact regarding Stanton, but have not made progress toward a deal, according to one source. This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs. The right fielder has a full no-trade clause as part of the 13-year, $325 million contract he signed with Miami in 2014.

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