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Giants reach deal with Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton

Giants reach deal with Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton

Back in the middle of November, Jon Morosi tweeted that teams told the Marlins that Stanton's contract is what he would receive on the open market.

The Miami Marlins slugger is expected to decide whether or not he'll waive his no-trade clause and accept a trade to the San Francisco Giants by the end of the week, according to NBC Sports Bay Area's Alex Pavlovic.

Ideally, Evans added, the Giants can obtain both Stanton, who's owed $295 million over the remaining 10 years of his contract, and Ohtani, who's a relative bargain due to posting rules. Stanton is believed to prefer a trade to the Dodgers where he would be closer to home.

You know this, of course, and it's why teams in pursuit of Stanton must not only strike a deal with the Marlins but also persuade Stanton to approve said deal. Yes, Stanton has an opt-out after the 2020 season, but the likely outcome is that he plays out his current deal. Nearly all of them have revolved around the Giants, Cardinals, and Dodgers and the likelihood of each team acquiring the Miami slugger. All of that is a real impediment, even for a team with coffers as deep as the Dodgers'.

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St. Louis infielder Kolten Wong used self-deprecation in his appeal. They'll need to trade Stanton to achieve that, as his contract runs through the 2028 season.

Todd Frazier would make a lot of sense for the Mets at third, especially since David Wright is not someone they can rely on any longer.

Multiple reports said that Stanton, who would bolster San Francisco's sagging offense tremendously if he could approach his 2017 total of 59 homers, would reach a decision before baseball's Winter Meetings begin Sunday night in Lake Buena Vista, Fla.