Up to Stanton: Marlins get agreements with SF, StL

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Stanton has 10 years and $295 million left on his contract, which includes an opt-out following the 2020 season. Los Angeles, consistently among the highest-spending teams, are hesitant due in part to what Stanton's large salary - an average annual value of $25 million - would mean for their efforts to get under baseball's luxury tax threshold.

Meantime, the rival Giants are hoping Stanton determines San Francisco would suit him as a runner-up choice.

Execs from the Giants and Cardinals met in recent days with Stanton's representatives, and Jon Heyman of FanRag Sports reported late Saturday that Stanton himself was present for both meetings.

The reigning National League MVP could be on the move, given Giancarlo Stanton decides where he wants to be - MLB.com's Jon Morosi reported Sunday that the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals both have frameworks in place to acquire the 28-year-old slugger.

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At the very least the ball is in Stanton's court, it seems.

The Dodgers' best bet might be waiting for Stanton to force the Marlins' hand, if Los Angeles is in fact his preferred destination, and to take advantage of Miami's desperation to unload as much of that contract as possible.

Stanton, a four-time All-Star, has launched 267 homers in eight seasons with the Marlins.

Giancarlo Stanton's record $325 million contract with the Marlins includes a no-trade clause. The Marlins are said to have interest in second baseman Joe Panik, who won't be a free agent until 2021.

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