newsCO.com.au –Report: Opinions split on Stanton’s preference

December 8, 2017

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2017-12-08 04:04:23

MIAMI — Where Giancarlo Stanton plays in 2018 may not be resolved quickly after all. The National League MVP Award winner reportedly is not currently willing to accept a trade to the Giants or Cardinals.

On Thursday night, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Stanton is electing not to accept proposed deals to those two teams, both of which had previously worked out trade frameworks with Miami.

MIAMI — Where Giancarlo Stanton plays in 2018 may not be resolved quickly after all. The National League MVP Award winner reportedly is not currently willing to accept a trade to the Giants or Cardinals.

On Thursday night, MLB Network Insider Ken Rosenthal reported Stanton is electing not to accept proposed deals to those two teams, both of which had previously worked out trade frameworks with Miami.

The report added Stanton would consider trades to the Dodgers or Yankees. Another report, from Craig Mish of SiriusXM, added the Cubs and Astros to the list of Stanton’s preferred destinations. Thus, what’s next for the slugger promises to be one of the top stories of the Winter Meetings, which begin on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.

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Neither the Marlins or anyone who represents Stanton has confirmed the report.

Sources have told MLB.com that until Thursday, the Marlins had not engaged in any serious trade discussions with clubs other than the Giants and Cardinals. There will likely be a frenzy surrounding Stanton at the Winter Meetings, where clubs can talk face to face, and typically, creative ideas surface.

But what isn’t clear is if the Marlins have a fallback plan should Stanton decline all trade offers and decide to remain in Miami.

Multiple sources have said if Stanton stays, it increases the likelihood that All-Star left fielder Marcell Ozuna could be moved. Ideally, the Marlins would like to retain center fielder Christian Yelich, but that could change depending on potential trade offers.

The Marlins are trimming payroll as part of their organizational building process. Stanton will make $25 million in 2018 and he has $295 million remaining over the last 10 years of the contract. Stanton’s contract has a full no-trade clause and an opt-out in 2020.

The Marlins made their first major trade on Thursday, moving two-time All-Star Dee Gordon to the Mariners for three prospects — right-handers Nick Neidert and Robert Dugger and infielder Christopher Torres.

Seattle is taking on the $38 million remaining over the last three years of Gordon’s contract.

Marlins president of baseball operations Michael Hill spoke generally about Stanton’s situation on a conference call after Gordon was traded.

“I don’t comment on speculation,” Hill said. “When there is a need to make a statement, we’ll make a statement.”

With any possible trades, the Marlins have repeatedly said they have no timetable. And although the door appears closed for Stanton to go to either the Giants or Cardinals, that could change.

Rosenthal noted the Giants acquiring Japanese star Shohei Ohtani or the Cardinals trading for Rays closer Alex Colome and third baseman Evan Longoria could sway his thinking on San Francisco or St. Louis.

Stanton has said he doesn’t want to be part of a rebuild.

A week ago, Stanton and his agent, Joel Wolfe, met with executives from the Giants and Cardinals.

The Marlins are coming off their eighth straight losing season, going 77-85. With the organization looking to improve their system, while infusing pitching, they are open to trading their core position players.

“The overall goal remains the same, we need to get better,” Hill said. “We need to improve our overall depth.

“I’ve spoken to all my counterparts about any number of our players, and we will continue to do so as we look for ways to improve our ballclub and hope it puts us in a position to win consistently and build a sustainable organization.”

Joe Frisaro has covered the Marlins for MLB.com since 2002. Follow him on Twitter @JoeFrisaro and listen to his podcast.

This story was not subject to the approval of Major League Baseball or its clubs.

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