Giancarlo Stanton rumors: Marlins have trade framework in place with Giants, Cards

Giancarlo Stanton rumors: Marlins have trade framework in place with Giants, Cards

Giancarlo Stanton rumors: Marlins have trade framework in place with Giants, Cards

The hold up is waiting for Stanton to let the Marlins know if he will accept a trade to either team.

The Miami Marlins have agreed to the general framework of a trade involving star Giancarlo Stanton to the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants, according to MLB Network's Jon Morosi.

Sirius XM's Craig Miss reported on Thursday night that the San Francisco Giants were meeting with Stanton's agents in Los Angeles. As such, Stanton could indeed take as long as he pleases if he'd prefer to go to a team other than the two in play. The Dodgers are enamored with Stanton's power, but are concerned about the luxury-tax implications of trading for him. But with new ownership in Miami trying to shed payroll, the remaining $295 million on Stanton's massive contract is a priority for the team to move.

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

The Marlins also want to move Dee Gordon, who's owed $38 million through 2020, and the second baseman would be a nice fit for the Giants, who lack speed.

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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