The two biggest sweepstakes this off-season have undoubtedly been Shohei Ohtani and Giancarlo Stanton. Well, one of them is over and it looks like the other is just getting started.
The Giants and the Cardinals were the two teams believed to be the most interested in trading for Giancarlo Stanton. They both had general frameworks in place and all that was left was for Stanton to waive his no-trade clause. Craig Mish of SiriusXM even reported the Giants’ proposed trade to the Marlins, and it wasn’t bad. According to Mish’s source, the deal included four of the Giants’ top five prospects, as well as $250 million of Stanton’s contract. None of it matters now because Giancarlo Stanton has rejected both the Cardinals and Giants.
Here is what both teams had to say about it:
#STLCards owner Bill DeWitt: “We had an agreement to acquire Stanton . . . We have been notified that he will not waive his no-trade clause to come to St. Louis.”
GM John Mozeliak: “We felt this was a great landing spot for him, but it was not meant to be.”
— Ken Rosenthal (@Ken_Rosenthal) December 8, 2017
Giants on Stanton: "Our agreement with the Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton subject to his waiving of the no-trade clause will not move forward and it is our understanding that the Marlins and Stanton are exploring other options."
— Andrew Baggarly (@extrabaggs) December 8, 2017
This leaves the Dodgers in a very good place, however they still have some competition. It has been no secret that Giancarlo Stanton wants to be on a contending team, and it shows with the list of teams he said he’d approve a trade to. The list includes the Dodgers, Yankees, Cubs, and Astros, all notable teams from the 2017 postseason.
With all of that said, what are the chances that the Dodgers land Giancarlo Stanton? Here is what Jim Bowden and Craig Mish had to say about it:
To be clear…..the two most likely landing spots for Giancarlo Stanton at this point are the #Dodgers or #Yankees ….that doesn’t mean things can’t change ….Stanton is expected to approve a trade to either place #Marlins VP Gary Denbo knows #Yankees system having come from there
— Jim Bowden (@JimBowdenGM) December 8, 2017
Stanton 5 PM EST
— Craig Mish (@CraigMish) December 8, 2017
If the Shohei Ohtani sweepstakes taught us anything, it’s that nobody truly knows what is going to happen. The favorite to land Ohtani included the Yankees and the Mariners, and both ended up falling short to the Angels. However, it is reassuring to see that the Dodgers appear to be in the lead. What is also reassuring is the fact that the Marlins have lost almost all of their leverage.
Like I said earlier, the Giants’ package was pretty solid considering they were going to eat most of the contract and send over their top prospects. The Cardinals were also willing to eat up quite a bit of Stanton’s contract as well as send over top prospects. With these deals off of the table, this puts the Marlins in a bit more of a desperate situation, as noted by Jon Heyman below.
With giants and cardinals out for now following stanton call not to waive no-trade for either, marlins are in a tough spot. LAD and NYY won’t make offers close to as good.
— Jon Heyman (@JonHeyman) December 8, 2017
The chances of the Dodgers landing Giancarlo Stanton, and for potentially a cheaper price than previously expected, has never looked better. How are you feeling about the Los Angeles’ chances of landing the 2017 National League MVP? Let us know in the comments below!
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