Giants & Cardinals wait on Giancarlo Stanton, with Dodgers looming

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A trade for Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton might be in the works. The question now is whether Stanton will waive his no-trade clause and go along with either.

Team officials Bobby Evans and Brian Sabean met with the Stanton camp Thursday in Southern California to make their pitch, and Cardinals executives did the same Friday.

If I had to guess, they are stalling to try and find a way to clear up some money for Stanton, or convince him to wait until during the season or next offseason when the Dodgers are in a better position to take on his contract.

Deep down, Giancarlo Stanton wants to be a Dodger. 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. Approve a deal the Dodgers liked - for the goal 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. Los Angeles, consistently among the highest-spending teams, are hesitant due in part to what Stanton's large salary - an average annual value of $25 million - would mean for their efforts to get under baseball's luxury tax threshold.

The Giants had the majors' fewest home runs, and Stanton led the majors with 59 and won the NL MVP award.

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Both deals are pending Stanton's approval.

Stanton, a four-time All-Star, has launched 267 homers in eight seasons with the Marlins.

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