It seems like not a day goes by that doesn’t reveal more news regarding Giancarlo Stanton. Usually the news isn’t good for fans who want Stanton to come to Los Angeles, but today is an exception!

It seems as though a Giancarlo Stanton trade could be held up by his interest in coming to Los Angeles. This was reported in a set of tweets from Jon Morosi early Sunday.

Stanton’s interest in playing for his hometown Dodgers has never been in question. The Dodgers level of interest, on the other hand, still isn’t clear. Joel Sherman pointed out that the Dodgers may just be trying to drive up Stanton’s price by staying in talks for the slugger.

While many fans would prefer the Dodgers just get Stanton and be done, there is a lot of value in making the Giants or Cardinals pay more for him. Whether it would be a high prospect return or taking on more of Stanton’s massive contract, it would hamper either teams ability to consistently contend moving forward. There is still a lot of skepticism that Stanton, who will have the final say in any deal, would want to play for either of those teams, though he has met with executives from both teams.

Jon Heyman touched on this:

While Marlins bosses would love to ultimately do the deal with the Cardinals – their prospect stash is excellent, and reports by Derrick Goold of the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and Craig Mish of Sirius say they might be willing to include a great pitching talent such as Sandy Alcantara – several people connected to the Marlins who know Stanton well suggest they have a hard time seeing Stanton, who has a complete no-trade clause, approve a trade to St. Louis, not when there are more geographically desirable alternatives with winning histories in play.

Stanton waiting this long to approve a deal could absolutely mean he’s waiting on the Dodgers, but it could also mean he just wants something more from one of the other organizations. Stanton could be pursuing another opt-out being added to his contract to give himself more flexibility moving forward. If the Dodgers were to seriously pursue Stanton, their return would likely have to be large to beat what the Cardinals and Giants are willing to give up for the 28-year old.

It’s hard to see the Dodgers willing to take on as much of Stanton’s money as the Giants would, but it is still a possibility. The Dodgers are in a position that they could handle it, with Ethier’s $17 million coming off the books for 2018 and the team set to shed close to $60 million after the 2018 season with the expiring contracts of Adrian Gonzalez, Scott Kazmir, Brandon McCarthy, and Yasiel Puig, along with multiple others. However, many speculate that money will be put towards the insane 2018 free agent class, which is likely to include Bryce Harper and Manny Machado, among many other stars.

Where do you think the reigning NL MVP will be playing in 2018? Let us know in the comments!

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