The Giancarlo Stanton sweepstakes are getting more and more intense with every passing day.
According to Jon Morosi of MLB.com, the St. Louis Cardinals are getting involved again and will be meeting with Stanton's representatives this friday in an attempt to convince him to join the "Red Birds".
Morosi explains that the meeting doesn't necessarily mean there is a trade in place, but that talks between the Cardinals and the Marlins have gotten serious like the Giants.
It has been reported that Stanton does not want to play in St. Louis and instead wants to play for a team on a coast, but his absolute dream scenario would be the Los Angeles Dodgers.
Something that seems unlikely:
The #dodgers are practically bragging that they can keep winning without paying anyone a nine-figure contract. Anyone who thinks Stanton to LA is a done deal should know that. They are trimming $, not adding.
- Henry Schulman
The Giants were the first team to meet with Stanton's reps on Friday and it's unknown if anything came of those talks.
Various reports confirmed the Marlins were ready to accept a Giants offer that involved Joe Panik and two of the teams top prospects if they took at least $250 million of Giancarlo's contract.
Giancarlo Stanton trade development: Source says #Marlins likely would accept offer of Panik, Beede and Shaw for Stanton alone -- if #SFGiants committed to paying at least $250 million of the $295 million left on Stanton’s contract. @MLB @MLBNetwork
- Jon Morosi
Which according to sources the Giants are willing to take on all of his $295 million over 10 years contract.
I have been told the #SFGiants are willing to take on the entire contract, and that makes the Giants the favorites right now with the Cardinals in second place. I think the Giants are all-in until the end to get Stanton.
- Craig Mish
Stanton has a Full-No-Trade clause and he could veto any trade, but the Giants do fall under two of his requirements:
- A team on one of the coasts
- A team built for playoffs.
Despite the Giants struggling in 2017, they are built to make a run at the playoffs with players like Madison Bumgarner, Buster Posey, Brandon Crawford and Johnny Cueto,
Other teams could still get involved, like the Yankees which was reported by Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports.