Stanton's Reps Receive Approval To Meet With Cardinals

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Giancarlo Stanton rumors: Representatives of Marlins slugger meeting with San Francisco Giants

The 13-year, $325 million deal he signed with the Marlins back in 2014 came complete with a full no-trade clause, so he has to approve any deal that gets done.

Giancarlo Stanton #27 of the Miami Marlins during the game between the Miami Marlins and the San Francisco Giants at Marlins Park on August 15, 2017 in Miami, Florida.

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Sirius XM's Craig Miss reported on Thursday night that the San Francisco Giants were meeting with Stanton's agents in Los Angeles.

The Dodgers' president of baseball operations, Andrew Friedman, is monitoring the Stanton talks with other teams and is aware that an opportunity might emerge over time, according to ESPN.

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At the very least the ball is in Stanton's court, it seems.

Execs from the Giants and Cardinals met in recent days with Stanton's representatives, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Saturday that Stanton himself was present for both meetings. Stanton has been on losing Marlins teams in all eight of his major league seasons. Heyman cited a source who said the Giants would "100 percent" be Stanton's preferred choice if he had to pick between them and the Cardinals.

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Stanton, 28, has no desire to be part of a rebuilding process, which the Marlins will be entering under new ownership, featuring point man Derek Jeter. His contract allows him to opt out after the 2020 season, which would guarantee only three seasons with his next team. Morosi said the Marlins and Dodgers have remained in touch about the slugger, but there was been "no substantial progress".

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