The never-ending Giancarlo Stanton trade rumors may finally be coming to an end. There seems to be a light at the end of the tunnel as the Cardinals and San Francisco Giants (and Dodgers?) dash for the finish line. With a week packed full of developments and news, there is only so many twists and turns this deal could take before it finally gets done.
Friday night the St Louis Cardinals representatives met with Giancarlo Stanton’s representatives. After the Giants were granted permission to meet with Stanton’s reps the day prior, the Cardinals concluded their “feeler” interview to gauge Stanton’s interest in moving to the mid-west.
After both of the meetings, it was believed that both teams have a fairly equal shot to land Stanton. The Giants being on the west coast and believed to be taking on more of the contract, were given the slight advantage.
Jon Heyman put out a piece regarding the skepticism surrounding Stanton accepting a trade to St. Louis. In his article he quotes multiple sources who express extreme doubt in St. Louis being able to recruit the league MVP to the mid-west. The rest of the article can be found below in Heyman’s tweet.
Jon Morosi went on MLB Network today to provide updates on the Stanton trade. He stated that Stanton will probably do some “soul searching” this weekend to decide what he wants to do. Morosi believes if he chooses between the two teams, his decision could come as soon as early next week (Monday, Tuesday).
What does this mean for us Giants fans?
Well first of all, hold off on ordering your Stanton jerseys for a few more days at least. What we can take away from todays developments is that the Giants are still the front-runners, with the Cardinals following closely behind. We still have no idea how interested/if at all the Dodgers are. How events are unfolding, its looking like its going to be a battle between the Giants and the Cardinals for the services of Giancarlo Stanton, and the Giants are in a good spot.
Negotiations between the teams are likely coming to an end. The ball is in Stanton’s court, he’s in the driver seat. Whatever analogy you want to use, he’s the man in charge. Stay tuned for more information in the coming days.