Dodgers Reportedly "Most Likely" Landing Spot For Giancarlo Stanton

Kristopher Drake
December 9, 2017

The Dodgers have been mentioned prominently in speculation because Stanton grew up in Los Angeles and would be more inclined to waive his no-trade clause to play at home.

But the Giants and Cardinals had been the two rare clubs willing to both take on parts of that hefty contract and part with enough talent to make a trade work.

The Miami Marlins had tentative deals in place with both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals for Giancarlo Stanton, but he - to this point - has refused to waive his no-trade clause for either team.

The Cardinals and Giants have expressed the most interest in Stanton, but St. Louis is out of the picture after the team announced Friday that Stanton wouldn't waive his no-trade clause to go there. And depending what else the Yankees might want to add this winter, whether it's another pitcher or a hitter, they might have to unload another salary in a deal with the Marlins, perhaps Chase Headley or Starlin Castro. The four teams on Stanton's list made up this year's ALCS and NLCS, and they are all expected to compete for the 2018 World Series.

A lineup featuring Aaron Judge, Gary Sanchez, and Giancarlo Stanton would be one of the best in Major League Baseball.

It would be hard to blame the Yankees for going hard after Stanton, given the prospect of him playing in an outfield that already has Judge, who was named AL Rookie of the Year after hitting 52 homers and driving in 114 runs in 2017.

It's been long rumored that Stanton, who is from Southern California, would like to be on the Dodgers (the rest of the NL definitely doesn't want that to happen). He hit.281 with 59 home runs and 132 RBIs in a career-high 159 games this season.

Stanton is owed between $25 million and $32 million each of the next 10 seasons.

The new ownership group of the Marlins, led by Derek Jeter, is looking to shed payroll.

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