Hunter Pence persuades Giancarlo Stanton to join Giants

Miami Marlins Giancarlo Stanton reacts after he flies out during the ninth inning of a baseball game against the Philadelphia Phillies in Miami. Giants general manager Bobby Evans confirmed on San Francisco’s

Hunter Pence persuades Giancarlo Stanton to join Giants

Since Derek Jeter and his group purchased the Miami Marlins for roughly $1.2 billion, Giancarlo Stanton has wanted out. It is worth noting that Stanton is 28 years old.

We're of course talking about a team that won an MLB-best 104 games last season, played to a +190 run differential, and came within a single game of winning the World Series. Just a few weeks ago he posted a picture of him hanging out with G-Eazy. There are plenty teams who need help in the outfield. Given that the Marlins are heavily focused on offloading his contract, the second part of that formulation - i.e., luring Stanton himself - is perhaps the more challenging of the two.

General manager Bobby Evans (speaking on KNBR 680) said the Giants and Miami Marlins have agreed on the framework of a deal that would send Stanton and the $295 million sticker on his carry-on bag to The Thing On King, which means that both teams have put the public onus on Stanton if this deal doesn't happen.

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Yep: The Los Angeles Dodgers, lest we forget, remain very much on the periphery of the Stanton trade talks, and as the tweet above says, the Giants see them as a real threat.

It works out that there is mutual interest and the Giants are willing to take on the rest of his contract. The Giants were rumored to have offered four players including their top three prospects for the slugger this week. Evans confirmed that the trade has contingencies, including the fact that Stanton has to approve the trade since he has full no-trade clause.

If Ohtani agrees to a deal and Stanton is traded this week, that leaves the offseason with something of a late "start", but at least the timing is still a bit right as the winter meetings kick off on Sunday.

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