Stanton's Reps Receive Approval To Meet With Cardinals


The have agreed to general framework of Stanton trades with the and, but neither deal can be completed as the Marlins wait to see if Stanton will accept either proposal, according to a Sunday afternoon report from.

Both the St. Louis Cardinals and San Francisco Giants have been linked to Stanton as much as any other team, the Dodgers included.

A deal is not expected to happen today, according to's Mark Feinsand.

A trade framework was a logical precondition for the Marlins to grant the Giants and Cardinals permission to speak with Stanton.

Deep down, Giancarlo Stanton wants to be a Dodger.

Execs from the Giants and Cardinals met in recent days with Stanton's representatives, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports that Stanton himself was present for both meetings. The Marlins are said to have interest in second baseman Joe Panik, who won't be a free agent until 2021. But he's taken a deliberate approach in considering his options, in part because he wanted to make sure the Dodgers - his preferred destination - have every opportunity to get involved. The Dodgers are enamored with Stanton's power, but are concerned about the luxury-tax implications of trading for him.

Stanton has $295 million remaining on his 13-year deal worth $325 million.

One of Major League Baseball's most potent sluggers could soon be on the move.