At least three teams - and countless outside observers - are awaiting word on whether Giancarlo Stanton will waive his no-trade clause to go to the San Francisco Giants, St. Louis Cardinals or neither.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter said Tuesday that Miami has not decided whether to trade Stanton, still owed $295 million over the final decade of his record $325 million, 13-year contract. Yes, the Marlins have floated threats of tearing down the team around Stanton if he doesn't approve a deal. 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.
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. However, for a team with a below-market TV contract, no ballpark naming-rights deal, and major troubles selling tickets, the best path to cutting costs is first and foremost trading Stanton. He's obviously passionate about winning, he's passionate about the game and really presented himself extremely well.
"I don't think we look at it as either [Stanton] or [Ohtani]", Evans said. However, if Craig Mish's report is true, then the Giants are taking on nearly all of Stanton's contract and sending over their top four prospects.
"He's taking this in a very thoughtful way, this process", Evans said. On the other hand, if San Francisco acquires him they could potentially be giving away quite a bit of their future in the form of both payroll and prospects.