'General framework' in place with both Giants, Cardinals on Stanton deal

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Giancarlo Stanton has control over where he is traded.

According to Fox Sports, if Stanton isn't dealt to either the Giants or the Cardinals over the next few days, the reason could be that the Dodgers have gotten involved in trade talks with the Marlins. In fact, previous suggestions were that the Giants themselves might be favored to land the slugger.

The MLB offseason has been relatively quiet to this point, but that should change during baseball's winter meetings starting on December 9, which is where much of the foundation for offseason trades and other acquisitions take place.

The Giants and Cardinals each showed trade interest in Stanton, dating back to before the July 31 non-waiver Trade Deadline.

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The hold up is waiting for Stanton to let the Marlins know if he will accept a trade to either team. Stanton grew up 15 miles from Dodger Stadium, and it's believed he'd prefer to play in his hometown for the National League champs. But the Dodgers have luxury-tax issues and have not seriously pursued Stanton - at least not yet.

That's another factor, the state of the Giants and whether they can convince Stanton the team has a bright future despite the team-wide struggles starting after the 2016 All-Star break and a core of players advancing in age - the Dodgers' core is far younger. The right fielder has a full no-trade clause as part of the 13-year, $325 million contract he signed with Miami in 2014.

Both deals are pending Stanton's approval.

Stanton would help the Giants in the home run department as they finished dead last in home runs in 2017.