Report: Giants lead chase for Giancarlo Stanton

Miami Marlins slugger Giancarlo Stanton, widely regarded as the top prize available in Major League Baseball’s offseason, could be headed West with the San Francisco Giants leading the bidding for the National League MVP.

Stanton hit 59 home runs in 2017 with the Marlins. Under new ownership, led by former Yankees shortstop Derek Jeter, Miami is determined to slash payroll and build with prospects. Stanton has 10 years remaining on deal scheduled to pay him $295 million.

Stanton also wields plenty of power in negotiations. Though he’s not a free agent, he has a complete no-trade provision in his contract and must approve any destination. While not an insurmountable hurdle — Justin Verlander was determined to stay with the Detroit Tigers until reconsidering the Houston Astros in August — the trade clause will be a consideration in discussions with suitors.

Stanton, per MLB Network and FOX Sports, is willing to consider the Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers because of his California roots.

MLB.com’s Mark Feinsand reported things were getting serious on Tuesday.

Contradicting reports surfaced Tuesday with details of what the Giants were offering the Marlins — including second baseman Joe Panik and two top prospects — but multiple outlets said talks between the teams are advancing. Dee Gordon would reportedly also go to the Giants in another payroll reduction.

The St. Louis Cardinals made a formal offer over the weekend according to Ken Rosenthal of The Athletic. It is uncertain whether Stanton would consider St. Louis and he reportedly wasn’t interested in talking about a move to Boston.

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