Marlins star slugger Giancarlo Stanton, the most wanted man in the trade market this offseason, attended the meetings his representatives had with the Giants and the Cardinals, told Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports .
Stanton, the current Most Valuable Player of the League, who hit 59 MLB home runs last season, and his lead agent, Joel Wolfe of the Wbaderman Media Group, met with the Giants on Thursday. On Friday, they sat down with the Cardinals. Heyman says that San Francisco general manager Bobby Evans and St. Louis general manager Michael Girsch were among the high-ranking officials who attended their respective club meetings.
Stanton's attendance at these meetings suggests two things: 1) The 28-year-old outfielder is seriously considering either of these two clubs as a possible team, renouncing his no-trade clause and accepting an exchange. 2) He is just listening to his offers out of respect for the clubs and is waiting for other suitors, like the Dodgers, Phillies, Yankees and Red Sox, to make his pitches.
So far, it seems that the Giants are ideal for Stanton and the Marlins. According to reports, the Giants offered an exchange to the Marlins that "probably" would accept . They also fit Stanton's criteria for playing for a winning team (they have won three World Series titles since 2010) and they are on a geographic coast (west coast). The Giants also have the means to take on their monster contract of $ 295 million over the next 10 years, according to Jorge Ortiz of USA Today. In addition, Buster Olney of ESPN reported on Saturday that the Marlins are more concerned about changing Stanton's contract and that getting talent in return is their "secondary concern."
But, the Dodgers are one of the best teams on Stanton's list of priorities that he would like to play. After all, Stanton was born in Panorama City, California and attended high school at Notre Dame High School in Sherman Oaks, which is 16 miles from Dodger Stadium. However, the Dodgers are still fighting the battle that comes with being above the luxury tax threshold. In addition, they are loaded in the gardens and prefer not to make long-term deals like the one Stanton has.
The Cardinals have been a big contender for Stanton during the offseason, but it was reported the previous Saturday that there is growing doubt that Stanton would really accept a St. Louis deal. Although the Cardinals also have a record of success and have a stable of pitching prospects they could face, Stanton may not want to settle for a Midwestern team, knowing that teams like the Giants and the Dodgers are still at stake. 19659010]