The meetings however do not necessarily indicate that a deal is close to being finalized, the meetings were more of a feeling out process for the teams involved, it was a chance to pitch the organization to Stanton, and to try to sway him into approving a deal.
Stanton has one of the biggest contracts in baseball as he signed a 13-year deal that will see him making $325 million.
Stanton does have the Dodgers on a list of teams he would accept a trade to, however it is unclear what other teams are on the list. Stanton is Stanton, MLB's preeminent dinger monster, a lineup-changing force whose only equal offensively this winter is J.D. Martinez, who will also be expensive, is older, and comes without the ability to play defense. He wants out of Miami because he doesn't feel they will be winning the World Series anytime soon. By all appearances, the Marlins are willing to take a less-than-premium return in terms of young talent in order to offload the vast majority of that remaining obligation. He still has quite a few years left and doesn't want to waste them in Miami.
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It's previously been reported that Stanton prefers the Giants to the St. Louis Cardinals. That's perhaps why the Dodger front office is "slow playing" this to an extent.
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San Francisco is looking to bounce back from a surprising season that ended with a last-place finish the NL West at 64-98. And beyond all that.