The reports that hover around the bands of interwebs and AM are that the San Francisco Giants are "at the head" of Marlins slugger and current National League MVP Giancarlo Stanton.
Bully for them. After a season of 98 defeats, the Giants recover!
There's only one problem with all of that: a big one: there's no such thing as an "advantage" when it comes to negotiating for Stanton. There are no "favorites" or "favorites", either.
And that's due to the fact that most fans seem to forget when it comes to a possible Stanton operation: the player controls this entire process.
Now it's been easy to forget that fact, because Stanton, up to this point, has not injected himself too much into the process: he's drowning, letting chaos happen around him, and enjoying a long trip to Europe. But armed with a clause of no complete change, an MVP award and no real need to leave Miami immediately, the slugger can, in fact, take his own shot.
And there's nothing the Marlins, Giants or any other baseball team can do that.
Now, Stanton has reported to the Marlins which teams would have accepted a trade. The Dodgers – the reigning champions of the National League and the Stanton team, originally from Southern California, rooted as a child – are on the list, while the other suitable destinations are not yet known.
If the Giants are part of Stanton's list of desired places, then they have a great opportunity to land him – they have undoubtedly been the most active team in Stanton's trade talks with the Marlins – but again, they do not. call "advantage" or "advantage" or say that The giants are "favorites".
This is a binary situation: Stanton, who is owed $ 295 million over the next 10 years with a player controlled exclusion option after the 2020 season, swaps or continues with the Marlins, and that decision falls , again, entirely in him.
The money stops with Giancarlo.
And that could add even more complications to this situation, because if Stanton decides he wants to exercise that total control now and determines that he wants to play for, say, the Dodgers, well, then he'll play for one of two teams next year : The Dodgers or the Marlins.
What could the Marlins do in that situation? No matter what the Dodgers' offer to the Marlins is, whether it's better or worse than the deals between the Giants and the Cardinals, Stanton has the power to make the decisions and if he says "they're Dodgers or nothing," then they're the Dodgers or nothing and the Marlins will have to find a way to reach an agreement with Los Angeles or keep Stanton on their payroll.
The same logic applies to whether Stanton says "it's San Francisco or failure", but such a feeling is not believed to exist today.
So for now, we wait.
The Giants could be on Stanton's favorite destination list: it's certainly a lovely place to live, even if AT & T Park is a terrible place to work if you're a powerful hitter (ZIPS projects that Stanton would hit between 10 and 15 home runs less per year as a member of the Giants, although that would be an incredible improvement for the Giants, who did not). have a home run of 20 home runs last season). But speculation, insinuations and outspoken proclamations of "favorites" and "leaders" have no value until Stanton has evaluated his choices.
Stanton will play anywhere next year. That could only be San Francisco. But until he makes that determination, until he declares where he is going, we are all in a waiting pattern.