Of course, those deals are on hold while Stanton considers whether he'd accept a deal to either team.
The context behind those meetings became clearer on Sunday: Multiple sources said the Marlins have agreed upon the general framework of a Stanton trade with both San Francisco and St. Louis.
Stanton would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for any deal to proceed.
That backed up another report, from ESPN's Buster Olney on Friday, that said Major League Baseball would only allow San Francisco and St. Louis executives to meet with Stanton's people if the Marlins said they were closing in on a potential deal.
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Meanwhile, Marlins MLB.com reporter Joe Frisaro notes that the deal is not imminent and that the Marlins are still talking with other clubs.
Giancarlo Stanton has control over where he is traded.
If the Los Angeles Dodgers are Giancarlo Stanton's first option, there has to be another option for the reigning NL MVP if talks between his Miami Marlins and the Dodgers continue to fail picking up traction. The player's reps have already met with the San Francisco Giants' brass and were granted permission by the Miami franchise to pursue similar conversations with the St. Louis Cardinals. Per MLBPipeline.com, those are the Giants' second-, third- and fourth-rated prospects, respectively. The Dodgers are enamored with Stanton's power, but are concerned about the luxury-tax implications of trading for him. The Dodgers have not been beating down the door for Stanton.
Miami is looking to slash payroll and Stanton is owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons as part of his 13-year, $325 million contract.