Stanton's Reps Receive Approval To Meet With Cardinals

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Miami is looking to slash payroll and Stanton is owed $295 million over the next 10 seasons as part of his 13-year, $325 million contract. The player's reps have already met with the San Francisco Giants' brass and were granted permission by the Miami franchise to pursue similar conversations with the St. Louis Cardinals.

The Giants and Cardinals each showed trade interest in Stanton, dating back to before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline. As such, Stanton could indeed take as long as he pleases if he'd prefer to go to a team other than the two in play.

And although the Los Angeles Dodgers reportedly are Stanton's first choice, it's the St. Louis Cardinals and the San Francisco Giants that recently have emerged as the most likely landing spots.

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It was believed the Marlins wouldn't have given either team clearance to speak with Stanton or his agency (Wasserman Group) if deals, or at least frameworks for deals, weren't in place. So the matter is in Stanton's court, and maybe the Dodgers' - and there's no deadline.

According to Jon Morosi of Fox Sports, the Marlins have "agreed to general framework" of deals with both the Giants and Cardinals.

The hot stove season in Major League Baseball is heating up, and with the winter meetings a week away Giancarlo Stanton might soon be an ex-member of the Miami Marlins. Second baseman Joe Panik has also been mentioned. Morosi said the Marlins and Dodgers have remained in touch about the slugger, but there was been "no substantial progress".

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