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.
The Giants remain Stanton's second choice behind the Los Angeles Dodgers, but may win the sweepstakes by default as the Dodgers have reportedly not made an offer for the NL MVP, and are supposedly looking to continue to cut payroll rather than add to their luxury tax bill. That makes sense, of course, given his roots in the area, and it also makes sense for a contention-starved talent to have designs on a club that's won five-straight division titles and that's fresh off a pennant. But Stanton can veto any deal because his record 13-year, $325 million contract includes a no-trade clause. That's still the case even if the rival Giants land Stanton (and Shohei Ohtani, for that matter). It is worth noting that Stanton is 28 years old. Yes, Stanton has an opt-out after the 2020 season, but the likely outcome is that he plays out his current deal. "But our terms with the Marlins are clear". He still has quite a few years left and doesn't want to waste them in Miami.
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Stanton is due to make $25 million in 2018 after he led the majors with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs this season.
"The deal with Stanton is done with the Marlins they are just waiting for him to decide between the Giants, the Cardinals or nobody, because he might want to wait to see if the Dodgers are willing to put out a bid for him, and with Otani I think this is going to happen fast", Schulman said. That's perhaps why the Dodger front office is "slow playing" this to an extent. And beyond all that.