Miami has struggled to surround him with top-tier talent, however, resulting in the Marlins' 77-85 record last season.
Stanton trade talk has intensified since the end of the 2017 season, as the Marlins are under new ownership.
"Those are the two players I think may be the best fit for the Cardinals". $295 million over the next 10 years, plus he has a full no-trade clause, plus he could opt out of the contract in 2020, which is why some teams are looking at it saying, 'Well, we don't really know what we'd be buying in that case. If having him at that salary was so important to a team, why did the Marlins still suck?
Curtis Samuel out for year with ligament damage in ankle
He is scheduled to have surgery on the injured ankle and eventually be placed on injured reserve. Wide receiver Damiere Byrd is eligible to return December 3 from injured reserve.
"The feeling is among some of the teams I've spoken with..." Perhaps there's some flexibility in that stance, but Stanton's preference is a factor.
Giancarlo Stanton is one of the most talented players to ever compete in Major League Baseball, but that does not mean a team is going to risk the entire future of its franchise just to acquire the slugger.
Which isn't to say that a trade isn't going to happen.
Chad Jennings of the Boston Herald cautions Red Sox and Cardinals fans not to start planning a welcoming party for Stanton. If they're either (a) paying a ton of money for him; or (b) potentially only having him for two seasons, they want to pay less than what the Marlins are now asking.