Neither Trades With Cards Or Giants Have Stanton's Approval

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And that's certainly understandable if this report on Thursday night from Sirius XM's Craig Mish is correct.

In a statement, the Giants said: "Our agreement with the Marlins to acquire Giancarlo Stanton subject to his waiving of the no-trade clause will not move forward and it is our understanding that the Marlins and Stanton are exploring other options".

The Cardinals aren't merely sitting back and waiting for Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton's decision on where he'll play starting next season.

The Cardinals and Giants have been the biggest players in negotiations for the NL MVP.

The Miami Marlins had tentative deals in place with both the San Francisco Giants and St. Louis Cardinals for Giancarlo Stanton, but he - to this point - has refused to waive his no-trade clause for either team.

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Stanton's thinking is fluid, other sources say-he does not deal in absolutes.

With Japanese star Shohei Ohtani now reportedly signed by the Los Angeles Angels, Stanton is the biggest name available. Perhaps the Cardinals could build their own convincing case by trading for Rays closer Alex Colome and third baseman Evan Longoria.

And even if the Marlins were willing to eat enough of Stanton's contract to make some sort of deal possible, they would then want premium prospects in return, and the Yankees might balk at that idea as well.

Stanton is owed between $25 million and $32 million each of the next 10 seasons. And depending what else the Yankees might want to add this winter, whether it's another pitcher or a hitter, they might have to unload another salary in a deal with the Marlins, perhaps Chase Headley or Starlin Castro.

And while the Yankees can afford anything they want, as they've proven over the years, the math doesn't work if they're going to get under that luxury-tax threshold. However, it seems like a long shot to happen with them - at least at this time.