As the San Francisco Giants seem to be getting closer to a trade with the Miami Marlins for Giancarlo Stanton, it’s the Los Angeles Dodgers who appear to be in control.
From just about every major news source, it sounds like the Dodgers are Stanton’s number one choice. Obviously, it’s his decision as to where he gets traded because of his full no-trade clause. So if wants to reject any team and wait for the Dodgers, whether that be this offseason or the next, he can.
However, there are also multiple reports that Stanton would accept a trade to the Giants if the Dodgers aren’t an option.
But from what it sounds like, Stanton is willing to wait until the Dodgers are officailly ruled out. And wouldn’t you know it, the Dodgers are suddenlty showing interest in Stanton when the Giants are so close to landing him.
You have to think there is a little bit more to this interest. You know the Dodgers don’t want to see Stanton in a Giants uniform anymore than Giants fans don’t want to see him in a Dodgers uniform.
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There is no way the Dodgers can afford to take on Stanton’s contract and stay under the luxery tax. They only want to try and make the Giants sweat this thing out.
If I had to guess, they are stalling to try and find a way to clear up some money for Stanton, or convince him to wait until during the season or next offseason when the Dodgers are in a better position to take on his contract.
If it comes down to the Giants and Cardinals, then we’re by far the favorite. But in typical Dodger fashion, they have the chance to mess everything up.
Here’s to hoping Stanton comes to his senses and realizes the Giants are the only team for him this offseason. If he wants to play for the Dodgers, then he can opt-out of that giant contract in a few years and sign with them.
But for now, I still think the Giants are the favorites to land him this offseason, but unfortunately it’s the Dodgers who will decide if we get him or not.