There are strong indications that Stanton only would agree to play for the Los Angeles Dodgers, who happen to play in a ballpark less than 20 miles from where the National League MVP attended high school. As Morosi highlighted, though, Stanton has the ability to all but cease ongoing trade negotiations if he wants to hold out until another team enters the mix.
Although this news makes a Stanton trade seem imminent, it's important to remember that he remains in control of his destiny. If the meetings had occurred while talks between the teams were still fluid, the Marlins would've risked losing leverage if Stanton agreed to be dealt to one team and not the other. Their luxury-tax issues would complicate a potential trade for the slugger.
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Stanton has $295 million remaining on his 13-year deal worth $325 million. The Marlins approved the meeting so Major League Baseball tampering rules were satisfied as the Giants try to determine whether or not Stanton would agree to a trade. The Dodgers have not been beating down the door for Stanton.
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 Marlins are said to have interest in second baseman Joe Panik, who won't be a free agent until 2021.