The off-season has been fairly stale so far. However, hardly a day has gone by without new developments regarding a potential Giancarlo Stanton trade. Today is no different.

On Thursday it was reported by Jon Morosi that the Marlins would likely accept this offer from the Giants for the slugger:

Nothing is official yet, but it’s beginning to look like the reigning National League MVP playing for the Giants is close to becoming reality. Stanton would still have to approve any trade, but officials seem to think he will.

On Wednesday it was reported that the Giants were the favorite to land Stanton due to their willingness to take on a large portion of his massive contract. It seems there was more to it than initially thought. Per spotrac.com, the Giants already have $159 million committed to their 2018 payroll, so adding Stanton’s $25 million puts them close to the luxury tax threshold. If the Marlins do retain $45 million of the contract, it would make sense that it be at the beginning of the deal to help keep the Giants below that threshold.

The return isn’t astronomical for the Marlins, but it is good. Certainly good enough to be considered more than dumping salary. Panik has proven to be a more than serviceable player. The 27-year old slashed .288/.347/.421 with 43 extra base hits in 2017. While these aren’t eye popping numbers, they’re certainly solid. Panik may be the only immediate big leaguer that the Marlins acquire in the deal, but he’s far from the main piece.

OF/1B Chris Shaw is the top prospect in the Giants system, per Baseball America. Shaw slashed .292/.346/.525 with 24 home runs across AA and AAA in 2017. Right-handed pitcher Tyler Beede is ranked as the third best prospect in the Giants system. Beede put up a 4.79 ERA over 109 innings in 2017 while pitching in the hitter-friendly Pacific Coast League. Both prospects look ready to contend for spots on the Major League roster, which is a big plus for the Marlins who are beginning a full rebuild.

We will still need to wait and see if this deal actually happens, but it appears the two sides are getting closer to pulling the trigger. If Stanton were to approve the deal, there would be few hurdles left to get it done. There is still a chance for teams like the Cardinals or Dodgers, but they’re getting slim.

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