Dodgers could be Giants' chief competition for Stanton

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Miami is looking to slash payroll and Stanton is owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons as part of his 13-year, $325 million contract. The question now is whether Stanton will waive his no-trade clause and go along with either.

The Giants and Cardinals each showed trade interest in Stanton, dating back to before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

But for luxury tax reasons, the Dodgers are unable to dive completely into trade talks with the Marlins this winter.

Stanton's reps were given permission to meet with the Giants on Thursday night in Los Angeles, according to multiple reports. So the matter is in Stanton's court, and maybe the Dodgers' - and there's no deadline.

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Jon Morosi of MLB.com reported earlier in the day that the Marlins had agreed to the general framework of trades with both clubs, but everything is on hold while the Marlins wait for Stanton to inform them whether he would even accept a deal to either team. 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.

The Marlins are under new ownership.

The Marlins slugger has been a hot name this offseason after winning NL MVP honors and leading the majors with 59 home runs in 2017. His contract allows him to opt out after the 2020 season, which would guarantee only three seasons with his next team.

It's unclear what Miami would target in a trade with the Cardinals, and the deal may prove to be a nonstarter.

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