In what remains a two-way race between the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals to acquire the 2017 National League MVP’s services, the Los Angeles Dodgers “continue to monitor the situation”, MLB.com’s Joe Frisaro reports.
Frisaro also reports per MLB.com’s Joe Morosi that the Marlins have the framework in place for a deal with both the Giants and Cardinals. Since Stanton has a full no-trade clause, he ultimately gets to make the decision.
Marlins CEO Derek Jeter joined the Marlins Hot Stove radio show on 940 AM WINZ on Tuesday to discuss what lies ahead for his superstar outfielder:
“There is nothing to update. I think the best way to answer it is, listen, we will explore every option out there to make our organization better. There have been no decisions. We have not made many decisions whatsoever on the baseball side. So, we’re still gathering information. As soon as there’s something to share, I’ll be more than happy to share it,” said Jeter.
Stanton, 28, is owed $295 million over the next 10 years ($25 million in 2018), which complicates matters in trading him. His 13-year, $325 million deal signed prior to 2015 is the largest contract in Major League Baseball history; it also includes an opt-out clause following 2020.
“He’s arguably the best player in the game,” added Jeter. “He just won the MVP Award. He had one of the greatest seasons that I’ve seen a player have in the last 20-plus years.”
Stanton’s 59 home runs in 2017 were the most in the majors since 2006, and tied for ninth most all-time in a single season.