Miami Marlins outfielder Giancarlo Stanton warms up on deck during the first inning against the Arizona Diamondbacks on September 24, 2017 in Phoenix. The four teams on Stanton's list made up this year's ALCS and NLCS, and they are all expected to compete for the 2018 World Series.
Stanton, 28, exercised his full no-trade clause on Friday, telling both the Giants and Cardinals that he wouldn't be headed to San Francisco or St. Louis in a trade.
Baseball's Winter Meetings begin on Monday in Lake Buena Vista, Florida. He led the majors with 58 home runs and 132 RBI, winning the MVP award despite playing for a team that didn't threaten to make the playoffs. Instead, he is only willing to accept a trade to the Chicago Cubs, Houston Astros, Los Angeles Dodgers, or New York Yankees, according to SiriusXM's Craig Mish.
He also has a massive contract.
Is Stanton really be willing to play another season in Miami if Jeter & Co. have stripped the team bare around him, starting with Thursday's trade of Dee Gordon to the Mariners? But the slugger is owed $295 million over the next 10 years, and the Dodgers already have luxury tax concerns; it's why they didn't trade for Justin Verlander at the trade deadline, for example.
The team put out a passive-aggressive statement this afternoon claiming that they had a trade with the Marlins in place, only for Stanton to nix it.