The Dodgers' best hope may be to see Stanton turn down the Giants and Cardinals, and hope Stanton is willing to wait things out to play for his preferred team - and that wait could take awhile (perhaps even a year or more).
Recent reports have named the Giants, Yankees, Cubs and Dodgers as the finalists for Stanton's services. They either will have to be forced to keep him and the almost $30 million he is owed per season, or they can work a deal to one of those four teams.
With Stanton rejecting deals to St. Louis and San Francisco, the Marlins are in a tough spot.
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"Our agreement with the Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton subject to his waiving of the no-trade clause will not move forward and it is our understanding that the Marlins and Stanton are exploring other options", the Giants said in a statement. Right fielder Aaron Judge hit 52 home runs and finished second to Houston's Jose Altuve in the American League MVP race.
It's been long rumored that Stanton, who is from Southern California, would like to be on the Dodgers (the rest of the NL definitely doesn't want that to happen).
According to the latest trade rumors, Giancarlo Stanton, pictured at Marlins Park on October 1, 2017 in Miami, Florida, would accept a deal to the New York Yankees, Los Angeles Dodgers, Chicago Cubs or Houston Astros.
The Yankees have luxury tax concerns, and they may also want to make a run at Bryce Harper (or Manny Machado) next offseason. Where do you think Stanton will be playing next season? He hit.281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs in a career-high 159 games this season. But the Dodgers are also reluctant to increase their already sky-high payroll, having exceeded the luxury tax over the previous two seasons. That includes a yearly salary of $32 million in 2023, 2024 and 2025.