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Giants, Cardinals 'in the Dark,' Longshot Team Out on Giancarlo Stanton

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Rosenthal In a game of leverage Giancarlo Stanton holds almost all of it Pirates sinking? Decisions for Phils

FanRag Sports' Jon Heyman reported there's some doubt whether Stanton would waive his no-trade clause to go to St. Louis. Approve a deal the Dodgers liked - for the objective of offloading Stanton's remaining $295 million contract (or as much of it as a team will accept) - or keep Stanton (and his mega contract) on the books.

NL MVP Giancarlo Stanton's time with the Miami Marlins is about up - provided, anyway, he wants it to be. 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.

As of Sunday, the Dodgers and Marlins were still in contact regarding Stanton, but have not made progress toward a deal, according to one source. Stanton grew up 15 miles from Dodger Stadium, and it's believed he'd prefer to play in his hometown for the National League champs.

It was believed the Marlins wouldn't have given either team clearance to speak with Stanton or his agency (Wasserman Group) if deals, or at least frameworks for deals, weren't in place. As such, the rumor mill is buzzing with potential free agent signings and trade talks, especially around the future of Giancarlo Stanton. The Dodgers are enamored with Stanton's power, but are concerned about the luxury-tax implications of trading for him. The Marlins are said to have interest in second baseman Joe Panik, who won't be a free agent until 2021.

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