Giancarlo Stanton prefers Giants over Cardinals

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Sirius XM's Craig Miss reported on Thursday night that the San Francisco Giants were meeting with Stanton's agents in Los Angeles.

However, there are also multiple reports that Stanton would accept a trade to the Giants if the Dodgers aren't an option.

The San Francisco Giants appear to be the leader in the derby to acquire Giancarlo Stanton after meeting with the Miami Marlins slugger's representatives, but the St. Louis Cardinals may be next in line.

But for luxury tax reasons, the Dodgers are unable to dive completely into trade talks with the Marlins this winter.

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The Giants and Cardinals each showed trade interest in Stanton, dating back to before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. He'd need to approve any deal because of his full no-trade clause.

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. They only want to try and make the Giants sweat this thing out. Why would they if he's determined to play for them and no one else?

If it comes down to the Giants and Cardinals, then we're by far the favorite.

The Giants have reportedly offered second baseman Joe Panik, two promising minor leaguers (right-hander Tyler Beede and first baseman Chris Shaw) and two first-round draft choices for Stanton, who won the NL MVP honors while hitting 59 home runs with 132 RBIs last season. His contract allows him to opt out after the 2020 season, which would guarantee only three seasons with his next team.

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