Giants, Stanton reps meet in LA

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San Francisco Giants

Had Stanton met without the trade framework in place, the Marlins would have risked losing leverage if Stanton agreed to one deal and not the other, according to Morosi. Whether he ultimately decides to go to either St. Louis or San Francisco is speculation at this point.

Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract with the Marlins includes a no-trade clause. The Los Angeles Dodgers have also been linked with interest in Stanton.

Stanton would need to waive his no-trade clause in order for any deal to proceed. The Dodgers have not been beating down the door for Stanton.

As such, the rumor mill is buzzing with potential free agent signings and trade talks, especially around the future of Giancarlo Stanton.

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. But with new ownership in Miami trying to shed payroll, the remaining $295 million on Stanton's massive contract is a priority for the team to move.

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