Hunter Pence persuades Giancarlo Stanton to join Giants

Ross Houston
December 7, 2017

As the San Francisco Giants continue waiting for Giancarlo Stanton to decide if he will waive his no-trade clause, details of their trade offer to the Miami Marlins have reportedly been made public. This means that it wouldn't make sense for a team to take on the entire contract as well as include top prospects.

The San Francisco Giants have been linked to potentially land outfielder Giancarlo Stanton from the Miami Marlins.

Stanton has one of the biggest contracts in baseball as he signed a 13-year deal that will see him making $325 million.

Evans relayed that Stanton, who was raised in Southern California, said nothing about his reported preference to play for the hometown Dodgers when he met with Giants officials last week.

You know this, of course, and it's why teams in pursuit of Stanton must not only strike a deal with the Marlins but also persuade Stanton to approve said deal.

On the Dodgers' side of things, they've been over the luxury-tax threshold for five years running.

If Stanton passes on a trade to the Giants or Cardinals, then the Dodgers will be in a good spot. The upshot is that taking on a contract like Stanton's would make it hard for them to get under the threshold.

"The specifics of the deal are not something that we feel comfortable discussing, but ultimately our hope is that if he does choose to come here, we'll be able to fold him in with a winning club", Evans said Wednesday. That's perhaps why the Dodger front office is "slow playing" this to an extent.

St. Louis infielder Kolten Wong used self-deprecation in his appeal. If the Marlins can't trade Stanton (and even if they do), they'll have to trade several other pricey players to shed salary.

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