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San Francisco Giants Viewed As Favorites To Land Giancarlo Stanton

Jun 8, 2017; Pittsburgh, PA, USA; Miami Marlins right fielder Giancarlo Stanton (27) against the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park. Mandatory Credit: Aaron Doster-USA TODAY Sports

The race for Giancarlo Stanton is beginning to heat up. While the Giants and Cardinals have been viewed as the front runners for some time, this gained some traction today. The Giants are still viewed as the most likely destination, but the Cardinals are not far behind.

National Sports Radio host for SiriusXM, Craig Mish, joined The Morning After radio show to discuss the current situation.

This could be bad news for fans of the Dodgers or Red Sox who are hoping to see the MVP wearing their team’s uniform. The Giants and Marlins have discussed names like Joe Panik, Tyler Beede, and Chris Shaw, but it’s still unclear what exactly St. Louis is offering, other than pitching prospect Sandy Alcantara.

While Alcantara would be a great piece to headline a deal, the Giants still hold an advantage. This is in large part because of their willingness to take on Stanton’s entire contract.

That alone makes the offer more appealing to the Marlins, who are desperately trying to reduce their payroll moving forward. It was recently reported that if Stanton did not approve a trade the roster would be stripped down around him to save money. Whether the Cardinals would be willing to match the Giants and take on the entire contract is still unclear. It seems very unlikely that the Dodgers, who continue to work to get under the luxury tax threshold, would be willing to take on that much money.

However, Mish did comment about the Dodgers still being a contender:

While the Dodgers adding Stanton would be a huge boost to their already great lineup, keeping him out of San Francisco would certainly be a bonus. If the Dodgers were to acquire the slugger, the Marlins would more than likely need to eat some salary. They could also offer to take on one of the Dodgers bigger contracts to soften the hit.

With talks getting more serious, we may see a deal sooner rather than later. Where will Stanton end up? Let us know in the comments!

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Written by Hunter Thompson

Born in Pennsylvania but comes from a long line of Dodger fans from their Brooklyn days. Extremely passionate about the Dodgers and baseball in general. News writer and Twittercaster for Dodger games. Follow me on Twitter @Officialism27 for more Dodgers talk!

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  1. Perhaps the fact that Stanton has a full no trade clause might be worth mentioning. You think he would rather go to the 98 loss giants or the 105 win dodgers, his home town?

    • Stanton wants to be on a winner. Dodgers seem closer right now and had 105 wins, but Giants have 3 World Series titles in recent years. Both are probably attractive choices for some one looking for a franchise that can win.

  2. If Stanton goes to SF and in that ball park, his 59 home runs will be reduced to 40-45 at best. He will be pitched around and often walked. The bottom line is, if he really wants to be a part of the postseason, he needs to be with LA or Arizona!

  3. Where Stanton ends up depends o Stanton. He got the full no trade clause for a reason. If he wants L.A., he should insist on L.A. Is it likely he has already made this clear but not publicly?

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